The Art of Dentistry

Park Ridge Tooth Bleaching & Whitening

The Art of Dentistry not only specializes in restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures for individuals and families throughout the Park Ridge area, but we also use the best technology available to ensure our patients leave with a healthy and happy smile.

3Shape TRIOS

A faster and more comfortable experience for dental patients is a 3Shape Trios Scanner. The patients that have been subjected to both the conventional impression technique and the digital technique, experience a profound difference. The old molding technique, where the patient is forced to sit with a large, rubber-like material in his mouth for fifteen minutes, causes great discomfort to the patients and is quite messy. The patients even choke and gag.

On the other hand, the digital technique is more comfortable, since it scans the teeth, which only requires a few minutes of the patient’s time and also allows for the possibility to show a 3-impression of their teeth on a screen, right after the impression has been made. This is a much more comfortable and preferable technique. Another positive aspect for the patient is, of course, a better looking and fitting end result. Restorations created from a completely digital process are delivered faster with a more precise fit and fewer chairside adjustments.

DEXIS CariVu Detection Device

A brilliant new approach to detect caries (or cavities) and cracks. DEXIS CariVu™ is a compact, portable caries detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to support the identification of occlusal, interproximal and recurrent carious lesions and cracks.

DEXIS CariVu provides intuitive, easy-to-use diagnostic tools for the dental community. By hugging the tooth and bathing it in safe, near-infrared light, CariVu’s transillumination technology makes the enamel appear almost transparent while porous lesions trap and absorbs the light. This unique cavity detector allows the clinician to see through the tooth exposing its structure and the actual structure of any carious lesions with very high accuracy.

Similar in appearance, DEXIS CariVu images read like X-ray images — lesions will appear as dark areas. This provides an edge over fluorescent imaging technologies, that there is no need to clean the tooth of bacteria, calibrate the device, or become versed in the meaning of multiple color codes or numeric indicators.

IntraOral Scanner

Intraoral Camera or IOC is an effective tool which is used by dentists to capture clear images of the insides of a patient’s mouth. IOCs are basically tiny digital cameras that act as a mirror to have a clear view of the difficult-to-reach areas of a patient’s mouth. They are powerful tools that can easily go inside the mouth and find out problems related to the teeth or gums, even if they’re hidden in the tiniest corner of the mouth.

Styled in the shape of a pen, an intraoral camera, when moved around inside the mouth, shows detailed and enlarged images of teeth surfaces, gum conditions, and other minute details about tissues, cavities, etc. that escapes the naked eye. It captures clear video and images of the corroded or tarnished fillings, hairline fractures, bleeding gums, plaque, and other critical teeth problems in real-time, without causing any pain or discomfort to the patient. Besides the obvious advantages, intraoral camera is of vital importance that makes it indispensable to the modern-day dentistry. Given below are a few benefits of an intraoral camera.

  1. Early Detection of Oral Health Problems

Mostly, dental procedures are quite painful and span over numerous sessions, especially if the problem is in an advanced stage. But, if a dental problem is detected early, the advised treatments can be less expensive and time-consuming. An intraoral camera works perfectly in detecting dental health problems at an early stage, when it fails to register the naked eye. In dentistry, any disease or tooth decay becomes serious if it reaches the pulp or the root of the tooth. The problem becomes much easier to treat, if at an early stage, with a less painful procedure.

  1. Improved Patient-Doctor Relation

Besides being a diagnostic apparatus, an intraoral camera also serves as an educational tool for the patient. Earlier, dentists had a struggle in explaining the seriousness of dental problems and the reason behind the advised treatment to the patients. Patients too, had to blindly trust their dentists and go ahead with the treatment. Lack of trust and a clear sense of understanding between the patient and the doctor has had their relationship on the edge.

Intraoral cameras helps the doctor to show live, enlarged and clear images of a patient’s mouth, which helps the patient in clearly understanding the seriousness the problem and the reason behind the advised treatment. It aids in reducing anxiety and establishes a trustworthy relationship between the patient and the dentist.

  1. Improves Accuracy of the Advised Treatment

An intraoral camera is loaded with advanced technology which comes with a 90 degree rotatable neck, LED lightning for clear visibility, and is fixed with excellent focus mechanisms (with several cameras that can zoom up to 100%), which can find problems as hard as pulp exposures or vertical fractures. Earlier, diagnosis that were primarily based on a conventional microscope, can now be done with absolute surety. This also helps the dentist and the patient to develop a better sense of understanding by discussing the problems.

  1. For Future Case Documentation

Images from the initial stages of a tooth decay or any other problems can be captured and used for future references in a patient’s case by filing them in his casebook. Dentists will no longer have to write a detailed information about a patient’s problem in their case file, they can now have access to the images and videos for reference, which will help them to keep a track on their patient’s dental health and advise changes in the treatment.

  1. Enhances Doctor’s Credibility

We live in a time where trust is a major issue and patients want to be absolutely convinced by having complete access to the details entitled to them before spending money, in order to enjoy absolute control over their financial decisions. An intraoral camera enhances dentist-patient engagement considerably.

With the help of an intraoral camera, dentists can show and explain the problems in real-time to the patients and advise the course of treatment at the same time. It improves the level of trust between the doctor and patient, and as the saying goes, a happy patient is beneficial for the credibility of a clinician. All these factors add up to enabling a patient to happily trust their practitioner and refer others. It aids in offering patient’s transparency and education along with the confidence of latest technological gadgets.

  1. Better for Insurance Claims  

Medical claims from insurance companies requires clarity of the problem and information regarding its treatment. Images captured through intraoral cameras offer visual proof to support insurance claims of patients. These high-resolution pictures strengthen the patient’s case in a hassle-free, quick method, with the resources available almost immediately. This saves time for both, the insured and the insurance company.

Conclusion

Intraoral cameras have revolutionized the world of dentistry to a new level. Dentists have become more accurate in their diagnosis and patients accept the advised treatment with less hesitation. Understanding the reason for the treatment starts with accepting the fact that there is a problem. An intraoral camera is the best tool available to dentists which enables them to show live images and videos of the problem areas and educate the patient about dental illness. Nowadays, using an intraoral camera is a standard practice. With technology advancing with each passing day, this ground-breaking tool will only get better with time.

The Art of Dentistry provides our patients with choices that will improve their dental health with the high-quality technology. If you have any questions, contact us today.