We live in the greatest age of dentistry. Advancements and understanding are increasing at a staggering pace and staying up to date with these changes is critical to the care of our patients. Evidence continues to mount linking the state of the mouth to the overall condition of the body. Providing patients with knowledge and dental care that can change and improve their quality of life is our ultimate goal.
We constantly strive to give our patients the finest dental care possible, and we understand that our investment in advanced technology leads to better dental outcomes. We use a variety of dental technologies described below.
X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with x-rays before they become problematic can save you money in the long run. At Bexter M. Yang, DDS, MS, we use digital x-rays, which have several advantages over traditional film based x-rays. Digital x-rays allow us to take x-rays with 1/5th the radiation that you would receive from traditional dental x-rays. The worry of exposure to excess radiation is eliminated.
Large on-screen x-rays make patient communication more effective. The immediate observation of the images on the screen allows us to discuss your dental health quickly and accurately. Dr. Bexter Yang uses this technology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is a new radiographic imaging technology that allows the tooth to be viewed in 3-D. It is not the same as medical CT which generates more radiation.
Historically in endodontics, we rely on a 2 dimensional radiographs when looking at a tooth for diagnosis. CBCT allows us to view the tooth in 3-D. Although the radiation exposure is slightly higher than taking 1–2 traditional digital radiographs, the information gleamed from this imaging technique far outweighs the risk.
Our office is also equipped with the state of the art 3-D imaging technology: cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), it allows one to examine the area in question in a three dimensional view. Because the CBCT image allows us to “walk around the tooth”, it sheds light on historically difficult to diagnosis cases.
The followings are examples of when CBCT can be very helpful in treatment planning: