2-D and 3-D Digital Imaging
In addition to the 2 dimensional digital imaging (x-rays) that most patients are familiar with, our office is equipped with the technology required to image in 3-D. In some cases, a 3 dimensional image can provide us with information that is not available in a traditional 2-D picture. We use this extra information, when needed, for diagnostic and treatment planning purposes. Our Planmeca Promax 3D Plus machine boasts the following features:
CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) A narrow, cone-shaped beam targets the precise area of interest only, resulting in relatively low radiation dosages when compared to conventional 3-D imaging.
The Planmeca Ultra Low Dose imaging protocol A special setting that allows 3 dimensional images to be obtained with a lower effective patient dose than traditional 2 dimensional panoramic images! Furthermore, radiation dosage can be corresponded to patient size. For example, we can alter the settings for a given image so that less radiation is used on a smaller patient, such as a child.
Scout Images A special positioning feature that allow us to take a set of 2 dimensional images to ensure the patient is positioned correctly before proceeding with the 3 dimensional image. This helps reduce effective patient dose by limiting image retakes due to incorrect patient positioning.
Extra-oral Bite Wings Biting down on the sensor holders for in-the-mouth digital imaging can be uncomfortable. Sometimes it can be downright painful. For patients who can’t tolerate intra-oral imaging, we are able to capture the same structures in 2 dimensions using the Planmeca Promax 3D Plus without having to bite down on hard plastic and metal.
Our Trios 3shape intraoral scanner is essentially a camera that possesses the technology to construct a 3-dimensional image by piecing together hundreds of 2-dimensional pictures. The result is an extremely accurate model of your teeth without having to sit with impression molding in your mouth for as long as 7 minutes per jaw. An entire mouth can be scanned in less than 5 minutes. When properly indicated, the Trios intraoral scanner can be used to make veneers, crowns, bridges, posts, and implant supported restorations.
Traditionally, dentists have essentially used the same color matching for teeth as you would to match paint. A dentist would hold up a shade guide, the same principle as color swatch, and pick what he or she perceives as the closest match. Color perception can vary from person to person. A person can even perceive the same color differently whether in natural or artificial light. The Trios 3shape intraoral scanners built in shade guide eliminates guesswork by objectively measuring the color of your teeth and significantly reduces the risk of being stuck with a crown made that looks as though it does not fit with the rest of your mouth.
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Dr. Kahn uses a diode laser as an adjunct to many common dental procedures. With a diode laser, amplified light energy is used to enhance restorative results. In our office, lasers are used to aid in gum recontouring and removal, hemostasis and removal of infected tissues.