To give our patients quality restorations designed to go the distance, we need the right tools. Anchorage dentist Dr. Kendall spends time researching the latest in dental technology including digital x-ray and intraoral camera services, selecting only those techniques and tools that improve dental outcomes and patient satisfaction.
A Digital Office
Digital X-rays and digital cone beam technology are state-of-the-art in diagnosis, in addition to having 90% less exposure than the old X-ray systems. We have been using this advanced technology in our office since its inception in 1994. The use of these, along with our intraoral dental cameras, helps us show and explain your conditions and recommended treatments so you can be involved in making an informed decision on what’s best for you. Our overhead display monitor replaces the bright overhead lights of yesteryear, allowing you to see what’s inside your mouth via digital images from an intraoral camera or x-rays—or turn it into a DVD player to watch a movie during treatment. We have three monitors in each room for comfortable viewing from multiple angles and high-intensity curing lights for state-of-the-art bonding of our tooth-colored restorations. We also utilize a variety of other digital options in our office:
DIAGNOdent is a high-powered dental laser that can detect early tooth decay.
Our Anchorage dentists can use DIAGNOdent to detect the formation of cavities that we wouldn’t be able to see on an X-ray. Patients love our use of this revolutionary laser because it makes appointments painless and faster, and you can leave knowing you’re oral health is in check.
TSCAN Computerized Bite Analysis
Your wellness and comfort is our highest priority. That’s why we invest in the best dental technology. The T-Scan Bite Analysis is a test that shows the precise relationship between how your teeth come together and their harmony (or disharmony) with your bones and muscles. It’s an integral element of diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder. It tests the strength and pressure each tooth uses to bite down.
The T-Scan Analysis can show issues such as underbites, crossbites, overbites, and more. Dr.Kendall will use this tool to help him evaluate how your teeth, muscle, and jaw work together to look for underlying issues.
Myotronics K-7 Computer-Aided Muscle Analyzer and J-5 TENS Therapy
Our Anchorage TMJ dentists use this technology to find your precise “neuromuscular bite position.” Aside from TMJ relief, having the correct bite also ensures that your dentistry is comfortable and less likely to wear or fracture with time.
Digital Imaging – View Your New Smile in Advance
Glimpse Your Future
When you decide to correct or enhance your smile, it’s often difficult to determine ahead of time exactly what kind of results to expect. After all, a smile is a pretty personal thing, and changing your smile can feel like changing your identity. That’s where cosmetic digital imaging comes into play. Digital imaging is computer software that allows us to take your digital photograph and manipulate it to reflect the procedures you’re considering. The result is a photo that shows you what your smile would look like after treatment. Whether you’re considering teeth whitening, straightening, bonding, veneers, or a complete smile makeover, digital imaging technology lets you see into your future.
The process is quite simple. Once your dentist has completed your oral exam and discussed your smile goals, a treatment plan will be created. Various digital photos of your current smile will be taken and change factors will be keyed into the computer. The computer will immediately generate one or more graphic images that accurately demonstrate how the changes will affect the appearance of your mouth, as well as your overall facial appearance. You can also make custom changes to be sure you get what you want.
It’s a fun process, and it can instigate excitement similar to when a sonogram reveals the gender of a new baby. Plus, you can take a photo of the new you home to share with family or friends.
Informed patients make wise decisions, and digital imaging allows you the opportunity to actually glimpse your future before committing to treatment. What more could you ask for?
See Digital Smile Designing in Action: