We take pride in being on the cutting edge when it comes to caring for you. In our practice, this includes use of a 3-Dimensional (3-D) cone beam CT (CBCT) scanner, a dental operating microscope, digital imagery, and electronic apex locators to aid in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up for our patients.
The CBCT scanner creates a 3-D reconstruction of your teeth and their supporting structures. Our practice utilizes the Morita R100 limited field of view scanner, which allows us to visualize your dentition, bone structures, and nerve paths in the maxilla and mandible. It also aids in the ability to precisely identify the location and extent of endodontic disease, resorption, and complex anatomy in order to delivery the best care possible.
Limited field of view CBCT scans use low radiation exposure, providing a safe way to aid us throughout your treatment. Scans are only obtained when necessary.
The American Association of Endodontists in a joint position paper with the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology recommended 14 indications for obtaining a CBCT. A video describing the CBCT is shown below. A link is also provided to the position paper for your review if you are interested in more information.
The Dental Operating Microscope
We utilize a dental operating microscope (DOM) throughout all dental procedures in the office. The DOM allows for endodontic access that minimizes tooth structure removal, allows for identification of complex anatomy, identify problems, such as cracks, and provides you with a more conservative treatment. All of these are important for the long-term survival of your tooth.
In addition to the Morita 3D CBCT, we utilize digital radiographs using a phosphor plate system that allows for the most comfort possible for our patients.
Electronic Apex Locator
An electronic apex locator is an instrument that supplements your endodontist, aiding them in determining the true length of each canal in your tooth.