Without a doubt, technology has changed our lives – mostly for the better!
At Clark Dental Studio, we make it a point to stay current with advances in technology that are meant to improve your overall dental experience with us. Today, by investing in carefully selected technology, we can make your dental care easier, more efficient, and more comfortable than ever before. Please take a moment to learn more about the types of technology we now offer.
Digital X-Rays & Sensors
Digital x-rays are one example of state-of-the-art technology that makes your treatment more effective and efficient. While the process for taking digital x-rays is similar to traditional film x-rays, there’s one major difference. Instead of film, we use a digital sensor. The sensor is placed in your mouth just like a traditional film x-ray, but that’s where the similarity ends.
The digital sensor is electronic and connects to a computer. Shortly after the x-ray is taken, it is projected onto a computer screen so we can view it together. These images give us both a clear picture of the smallest details inside your teeth. If we find a problem, you can see what we see, which makes it easier for you to understand why a treatment is necessary. Digital x-rays are also safer than traditional film x-ray because they reduce your exposure to radiation by approximately 90%.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide is a very mild and safe form of sedation that's been safely used in dentistry for over 100 years. In fact, nitrous is so safe that we often use it for children to keep them calm during their appointments.
One benefit of using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is that you don't "go to sleep" during your procedure. You will be alert enough to respond to and even converse with your dental team, but you will do it all through a mild haze of relaxation.
As soon as your procedure is finished, we stop administering the gas, and you stop feeling the effects almost immediately. With nitrous, you do not need a driver to get you to and from your appointment, and you will be able to return to your normal activities as soon as you leave our office.
Until recently, the only method we had for taking impressions of your teeth involved a messy pink paste smeared into a large, bulky metal tray. Not only was this process uncomfortable, but the impressions weren’t always as accurate as we would like.
Our digital scanner not only does away with this uncomfortable process, but also has the added advantage of providing us with much more precise details of your teeth.
Our digital scanner produces a “digital map” that Dr. Clark uses to create a 3-D picture of your mouth. While we’re in the process of scanning your mouth, you can actually see the images as they appear on the monitor.
This advance in technology allows us to produce a very accurate and precisely detailed model of your teeth. This information is then used to plan treatment for dental restorations.
The ability to store information digitally has truly changed the way we practice dentistry. Today we no longer have to hunt for information about a previous procedure or past problems. Now, we have handy access to all your information and dental history literally at our fingertips.
Everything we need to offer you the most effective treatment is stored in one place in your digital record. You don’t have to worry, because your records are stored securely on our in-office system and cannot be accessed by others.
However, digital records are extremely practical when we have to involve a specialist for your treatment. In this case, your files can be shared electronically directly with the specialist, ensuring your complete privacy.