Dr. Oyler chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Oyler utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
ORTHOPHOS SL 3D Panoramic and CBCT
At Cleveland Dental, we are committed to utilizing advanced dental technology to always provide you with the highest level of dental care. We are proud to utilize the Sirona ORTHOPHOS SL 3D imaging technology at our dental practice. Cone beam 3D technology is an imaging system that provides Dr. Oyler and his and team with a three-dimensional image reconstruction of your teeth, mouth, jaw, neck, ears, nose, sinuses, and throat. Unlike a traditional panoramic X-ray, the Sirona ORTHOPHOS SL 3D unit utilizes cone beam CT technology and provides precise, crystal-clear digital images while minimizing your exposure to radiation. We may use the Sirona ORTHOPHOS SL 3d imaging to:
- View the head and neck as a comprehensive whole.
- Detect endodontic problems and treatment plan root canal therapy.
- Analyze dental and facial trauma.
- Plan and evaluate the progress of orthodontic treatment.
- View abnormal teeth.
- Asses a TMJ disorder.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) technology is quickly becoming the standard of care when it comes to dental imaging. Our office is committed to providing the highest quality of dental care, and we are proud to introduce the Sirona ORTHOPHOS® SL 3D Scanner into our practice. When it comes to your dental needs, the ORTHOPHOS® SL 3D CBCT Scanner allows us to plan all aspects of your care with precision and accuracy.
- ORTHOPHOS® SL 3D images are highly detailed, showing both soft and hard tissue without sacrificing clarity.
- ORTHOPHOS® SL 3D CBCT Scanners take less than a minute, are completely painless, and the radiation dose is 100 times less than a traditional CT scanner.
- We can analyze the position and orientation of critical structures, like nerves, teeth roots, the sinus, and nose, helping to make your diagnosis as accurate as possible.
- With this advanced imaging technology, we are able to ensure the long-term stability of your dental restorations better than ever before.
- We can focus on your desired aesthetic outcome throughout your entire treatment process.
For patients who do not look forward to needles, drilling, or numbness, Laser Dentistry may be the right choice.
Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. Oftentimes no local anesthesia is required. Unlike with the dental drill, with laser dentistry there is no heat or vibration, making the procedure quite comfortable for most patients. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster.
Lasers can be used to diagnose cavities. They can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Curing, or hardening, bonding materials
- Periodontal, or gum related, care
- Pediatric procedures
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
- Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections
- TMJ Treatment
*Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Dr. Oyler utilizes Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An Intraoral Camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.