Our goal is to help our patients avoid many common dental conditions and diseases. Technology helps us treat you better and provide you with exceptional preventive dentistry. Our team implements the latest technologies in our Houston, TX dental practice to promote prevention, early diagnosis, and early treatment.
Here are some of the ways we increase the accuracy of your dentistry using modern dental technology.
In intraoral camera is a small recording device that fits comfortably into your mouth and provides high-resolution images of your teeth. We can photograph individual teeth and areas of soft tissue, and then we can show you the images on our computer screen right in the patient treatment room. This is a powerful tool that allows patients to see what we see, so you can have a full understanding of your condition and the treatment options that will best serve you.
We can also send these images to your insurance company for additional documentation and explanation of your dental needs. This can help to maximize your benefits because seeing is believing!
We store your digital images in your secure electronic chart for future comparisons so we can easily note any changes in your oral health. Some of the conditions we can photograph include:
- Cracked teeth
- Gum disease
- Broken restorations
Digital Dental X-Rays
Routine dental x-rays are one of the best ways to identify and diagnose oral conditions such as decay, bone loss, and infection. Taking x-rays on a regular basis allows us to monitor your oral health and any changes we see. Digital dental x-rays are ultra low in radiation, making them extremely safe. They also allow us to instantly review your x-rays on our monitors so we can get information fast.
Oral cancer is a particularly dangerous form of cancer and it is not always easy to diagnose. Your dentist is often the first line of defense when it comes to fighting oral cancer because they are the first to identify suspicious areas in many cases. VELscope helps us diagnose oral cancer in its earliest stages when it is easier to treat. It may save your life!
VELscope uses fluorescent light to identify abnormal cells, even precancerous and cancerous lesions, before they are visible to the naked eye. We offer this service to all our patients because we want you to have a long, full life! Some of the risk factors of oral cancer include regular alcohol use, tobacco use, and certain viruses. Ask us how VELscope can protect your oral health when you come in for your next visit.