If you have a smartphone or tablet, you know how technology makes life so much easier. You can transfer information, say hi to a friend across the world, and look up answers to just about any question. Dentistry, too, has developed technology to make your life, and your appointment, far easier and more efficient.
Here are some of the ways that we use technology at Young General Dental to improve the care we provide.
If you have a desk at work or home, you know how cluttered with paper it can become. Paper is not secure and can get lost or fall into the wrong hands. In our Des Moines dental office, we use digital records to protect your personal information and secure it with encryption for an added layer of security and peace of mind.
We can also make side-by-side comparisons with previous records to track changes in your oral health.
What does your dentist see when he looks in your mouth anyway? With an intraoral camera, we can show you! An intraoral camera is a small handheld camera that can capture high-resolution pictures of individual teeth, areas of your mouth, and your tissues. Dr. Phan uses this as an educational device for patients to fully understand and be able to visualize their dental conditions. He also uses the images to compare from visit to visit to see how your oral health changes.
The x-ray series we take in the dental chair shows us individual teeth. Sometimes, however, it is important to have a "full picture" view of the mouth. A panoramic x-ray shows all of your teeth, jaw joints, bone levels, and sinuses in a single x-ray. We take it while you stand and the x-ray machine moves around your head. We are happy to show you this exciting x-ray and all of the biological landmarks we can see.
Panoramic x-rays are useful for evaluating wisdom teeth, planning extractions, and during the dental implant process. They can also reveal certain cysts or tumors.
Patients sometimes express concerns about radiation, but with digital dental x-rays, you need not worry because they emit up to 80 percent less radiation than film x-rays and eliminate the need for dangerous chemicals.
Digital dental x-rays also produce high-resolution images that Dr. Phan can use to diagnose conditions in their earliest stages when they are simpler and less expensive to treat.