Many people have been surprised to be told they have a cavity that requires a large filling when the cavity wasn’t there at their last visit just six months before. The cavity was there six months before — it just wasn’t big enough to show on X-rays, and it wasn’t visible to the dentist yet. We can find cavities years earlier with the laser scanner, when the small cavity can be removed and repaired with a small invisible bonded filling. Sometimes patients complain of tooth sensitivity, or mild to severe pain, yet X-rays and examination cannot pinpoint the source. Patients are often given sensitivity toothpaste to deal with the problem. Sometimes, dentists have to perform root canals to get the pain or sensitivity to stop, when the actual source turned out to be undetectable decay. The laser scanner can detect previously undetected decay and, once identified, allow us to remove the discomfort and leave you with a healthy smile.
Become a Part of the Team with the Intra-Oral Camera
Our doctors work hand-in-hand with patients to create a bond of teamwork. One of the ways they bring this about is through the use of a high-tech tool, the intra-oral camera. This amazing device is a miniature video camera that displays a closeup picture of the inside of your mouth. You can see for yourself what work needs to be done and which teeth are doing fine. You then become a participant in each dental decision. You’ll love how this works!
Dental Digital ImagingDigital X-Rays Reduce Radiation by up to 75%
Our practice is very pleased to offer digital X-rays. Using this technology, we take images of your teeth with a digital sensor and download them directly into our computer, where they are immediately available. We can also view your entire mouth in one shot, including the upper and lower jaws, with panoramic digital X-rays. These methods result in 75% less radiation than conventional X-rays. No more waiting for images to develop and no more chemical waste to pollute the environment.
Do You Have Pain in Your Temples or Jaw Joints? Are Your Teeth Sore or Sensitive?
TekScanHas your dentist ever asked you to bite down on what looks like a piece of carbon paper? The dentist was checking your “occlusion” or how your teeth mesh together. Improper meshing can lead to pain in the teeth, muscles, and jaw joints. It can also cause fractures in teeth and crowns and can even lead to nighttime teeth grinding. Aligning the teeth properly can be incredibly complex, since interference the thickness of a human hair can cause problems. That’s why Beaver Dental Care is proud to be one of the first dental practices in the country to use a state-of-the-art instrument called the Tekscan™. This computerized bite analysis ensures your teeth are properly aligned so you won’t have the problems that come with a “bad bite.”
Oral Cancer – Are You at Risk?
VELscope Oral Cancer ScreeningDid you know that one American dies every hour from oral cancer? And the mortality rate has remained virtually unchanged for 40 years? The good news is that there’s a 90% cure rate if it’s detected early. We are very pleased to provide one of the most effective oral cancer screenings available today. VELscope™ is the newest FDA-approved oral cancer screening system. We perform the exam using the specially designed light. Any suspicious tissue is immediately and easily visible. This screening could literally save your life!
Have questions about how the latest dental technology can make your visit easier and more comfortable than ever before? Give us a call today at (904) 201-3571.