When you choose Pure Smiles for your dental care, you not only receive high-quality oral health services, but you also benefit from our use of the latest dental technology. This includes time-saving devices that allow us to provide efficient care while maintaining our high standards.
What does this mean for our patients? It means that your appointments will be shorter, and you will spend less time in the dental chair. In addition, our use of technology can often lead to more accurate diagnosis and treatment, which can save you time and money in the long run.
At Pure Smiles, we are always looking for ways to improve our services and make your experience more enjoyable. Our use of dental technology is just one way that we are able to do this. If you have any questions about our use of technology or any of our other services, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.
To learn more about the technology we use in our Westerville, OH office, we encourage you to read below. Contact us today to schedule an appointment; we look forward to serving you!
One of the ways that we are able to provide efficient and accurate care is through the use of digital x-rays. Digital x-rays are a more technologically advanced form of x-ray that provides clear images of your teeth and jaws within seconds. The benefits of digital x-rays over traditional x-rays include:
- Shorter appointment times
- Lower radiation exposure
- More accurate diagnosis
- Easier to share images with other dental professionals
Overall, the introduction of digital x-rays within our practice has allowed us to provide better care for our patients in a more efficient manner. Gone are the days of waiting for film to develop; with digital x-rays, we are able to quickly and easily obtain the images we need to provide a thorough examination and provide our patients with the care and feedback they need to thrive.
3D Cone Beam Imaging
In some cases, a traditional x-ray just isn’t enough. When more detailed imaging is needed, we turn to 3D cone beam imaging. This technology provides clear and precise images of the teeth, jaws, nerve pathways, and surrounding structures. This information is vital when planning certain dental procedures or identifying problems that are not visible by other means. The 3D cone beam may be utilized to:
- Diagnose oral pathologies
- Assess jaw joint function
- Plan restorative procedures
- Detect and monitor gum disease
3D cone beam imaging is an important tool that we use to provide our patients with the best possible care. This technology allows us to quickly get a clear picture of what is going on inside your mouth so that we can provide you with the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan possible.
Another time-saving technology that we use in our office is digital impressions. Traditional dental impressions are made by having the patient bite into a tray of putty-like material. This material then hardens and is used to create a model of the teeth. While this method is still used in some dental offices, it can be quite messy and uncomfortable for patients. In addition, it can be difficult to get an accurate impression, which can lead to inaccuracies in the final product. Not only is this inconvenient for both patients and providers, but it also takes up valuable time.
Digital impressions are made using an intraoral camera. An intraoral camera is a small, handheld device that takes clear pictures of the inside of your mouth. These images are then immediately displayed on a monitor so that we can get a close-up 3-dimensional view of your teeth and gums. Overall, intraoral cameras are much more comfortable for patients and allow us to get a more accurate picture of your mouth. This means that we can create a more precise dental restoration, in less time.
In the past, getting a dental crown typically required two separate appointments.
- First, an impression would be made of the tooth.
- This impression would then be sent to a lab where it would be used to create the final product.
- The patient would then return to the office a few weeks later to have the crown placed.
Thanks to CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics), this is no longer the case.
CEREC is a technology that allows us to design and create dental crowns, inlays, onlays, and bridges right in our office. This means that patients can get their new restoration in just one appointment! Not only is this more convenient for patients, but it also saves time.
The CEREC machine utilizes CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) technology to create dental restorations. First, an impression of the tooth is taken using an intraoral scanner. This impression is then used to create a 3D model of the tooth on the computer screen. Once the model is complete, it is sent to the CEREC machine where the restoration is milled out of a block of ceramic. The restoration is then polished and placed in the mouth, all in just one appointment!
Overjet: AI Technology
Did you know that one in five Americans have untreated, unidentified dental decay? Or that 47.2% of adults have undiagnosed periodontal disease? Despite the advances made in dentistry today, this is still a reality for many dental offices nationwide. But not in our office, because we have Overjet AI—the ultimate dental assistant that is bringing the future of dentistry to your chair side.
As dental care professionals, our providers are skilled, talented, and passionate about the work they do—three qualities that contribute to the efficacy of the treatment they provide. Even so, it’s impossible to treat what you can’t see. Overjet AI is capable of highlighting areas of concern as a form of confirming our provider’s diagnosis and ensuring nothing is overlooked. This precision maximizes the health of patients and the workflow of our team by flagging potential treatment needs for patients and automatically filing these health records. Turning data flow into an automatic process also frees more time for our doctors to connect with patients, provide useful feedback, and treat conditions. The abilities of Overjet AI include:
- Automating administrative tasks to ensure more time is dedicated to patient care.
- Improving health outcomes through rapid recognition of treatment opportunities.
- Providing exact measurements that aid in patient understanding of their condition and the benefit of treatment.
- Swiftly verifying and providing documentation of treatment specifications for records and insurance filing obligations.
Overall, Overjet AI is an asset to both patients and providers. By combining the skills of the dentist with the power, precision, and accuracy of AI, we can guarantee an improvement in efficiency, productivity, and consistency throughout our entire office.