Advanced Dental Technology
Technology has transformed the way we do just about every daily task, but many of our patients don’t realize how true this is when it comes to their dental care. At the State College, PA dental office of Kevin P. Labosky, DMD, we use advanced dentistry techniques and technologies to ensure our patients receive only the highest quality, most comfortable treatments possible. If you would like to find out more about dental technology or schedule an appointment, call our team today.
When you visited the dentist in the past, you probably remember trying to understand all of the complicated dental concerns and treatment options, but without being able to see what the doctor could see, making a decision you felt confident with might have been a bit of a struggle. That’s where intraoral photography helps our patients. We’re able to show you exactly what we mean. We’ll point out various areas of damage, and explain how treatment options can restore oral health.
Traditional x-rays produced low definition images that took time to develop, were difficult to transfer, had to be viewed on a specialized light board, and took up vast amounts of storage space. Digital x-rays offer high definition images that are instantly viewable on chairside computer monitors where we can enlarge, color code, and enhance the images for optimal patient education. Easily stored and transferred as digital files, we can compare these x-rays from year to year, shorten treatment time by delivering them to dental labs instantly, and offer more precise and effective treatment plans.
CT/Cone Beam Scanner
For advanced treatment planning and long term developmental analysis, our CT/cone beam scanner allows us the opportunity to have a more exact understanding of the inner workings of the smile, jaw, and other oral and facial structures. Unlike digital x-rays that only show us one area of the smile, CT/cone beam scans give us a full panoramic image of the entire smile. This technology is essential for Invisalign treatment planning, dental implant surgical preparation, and other more advanced treatments.
Digital Bite Impression System
Bite impressions are essential to almost every advanced restoration or cosmetic procedure we provide, and traditional impressions allowed us to capture these representations of your bite in putty that could be hardened and sent to the dental lab. Digital impressions allow us to create an even more accurate representation of your tooth that can be instantly transferred to the dental lab significantly reducing treatment time. This leads to higher quality dental restorations with a shorter wait for our patients.
Cavity Detection System
Digital x-rays give our team the ability to diagnose cavities in earlier stages, but our state-of-the-art cavity detection system goes a step further by indicating the areas where tooth decay is likely to occur. Using a laser, the cavity detection system measures the density of every surface of teeth. The teeth that have a lower level of enamel density are at greater risk for decay. Once we’ve identified these high risk areas, we can help patients direct their at-home hygiene towards protecting and strengthening these teeth.