Advanced Technology

Precision Dentistry

When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Drs. Abell and Abell and their staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care. 
 

Digital Imaging

Drs. Abell and Abell choose carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.

Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Drs. Abell and Abell utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.

Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
 

Digital X-Rays:

Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
 
 
 
Digital Panograph:
 
The digital panograph is capable of scanning a patients entire mouth for pathology such as cavities, abscesses, and other leasions in one big image.  This is particulary valuable in denoting dental pathology in a scanning fashion for futher evaluation with more specific x-rays.
 
 
 
3D Digital Cone Beam CAT Scan:
 
This unit is particulary helpful in making a more specific diagnosis when the depth of a leasion is in question.  Dr. Abell can observe the jaw as if it were cut into sections, thus illustrating the exact location of dental pathology.
 
The Cone Beam CAT Scan is particulary valuable when evaluating a patient for the placement of implants.  An image of a implant can be placed in the potential site enabling Dr. Abell to determine the size and shape of implant to be placed.  It can futher assist Dr. Abell in the alignment of implants, and the quality of bone in the recipient site, thereby reducing the chances of poorly aligned implants.
 
The Cone Beam CAT Scan also helps Dr. Abell to illistrate the location and the alignment of implants to the patient.  It important for you as the patient to have full understanding of the mechanics of the implant proceedure, and the image is much easier to understand than discribing the procedure. 
 
The 3D CAT Scan can be copied onto a Compact Disc so that you can use these images when confering with other dental of medical providers. 

 

Intraoral Camera

Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.

Drs. Abell and Abell utilize intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!

Intra oral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.