Many of the surgical treatments we provide are safer and more effective thanks to improved dental technology. From treatment planing to restoration design, new technology has enriched almost every aspect of modern oral surgery. New technology is constantly changing the way we treat, diagnose, and even prevent oral health problems.
At David Thurber, DDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we stay up-to-date on the latest technology for the benefit of our patients. We place your well-being above all else and spare no expense when it comes to your personalized care. If you are looking for a state-of-the-art oral surgery facility, you have come to the right place!
A dental x-ray is an essential diagnostic tool for any oral surgeon. In the past, x-rays required film slides, complete with a long and tedious development process. These days, we use digital x-rays due to their numerous advantages over traditional methods.
Intraoral x-rays are the most common type of dental radiograph. To conduct a digital intraoral x-ray, a small electronic sensor is placed in the mouth. The sensor allows us to capture images of your teeth, roots, and supportive bone without the use of film slides. The position of the electronic sensor is dictated by the type of intraoral x-ray you need.
Digital x-rays omit up to 90% less radiation than a film x-ray. They also allow us to magnify or manipulate the image to gain a more comprehensive overview of your oral structures. Without the film development process, we can retake an x-ray instantly and share them electronically, all without affecting the environment.
Cone Beam CT Scan and 3D Imaging
When a digital x-ray fails to provide enough information, David Thurber, DDS may order a cone beam CT scan. A CBCT scan is another form of digital radiography that gives us an even more detailed look at your oral and maxillofacial structures. With CBCT scans, we get a 3D representation of your teeth, bone, gums, and other soft tissues.
CBCT scans allow us to better determine the root cause of a symptom or problem. They also allow us to develop more precise surgical plans for dental implants, tooth extractions, bone grafting, gum grafting, and many other restorative procedures. In other words, CBCT and 3D imaging have revolutionized the way we perform oral surgery.
An intraoral camera may be useful during your initial examination and diagnosis. This wand-like device takes hundreds of pictures per second to create a more in-depth look at your teeth and gums. We often use an intraoral camera to create a digital impression of your mouth, eliminating the need for messy and uncomfortable impression materials.
CEREC, CAD/CAM, and Same-Day Crowns
CEREC, or Chairside Economical Reconstruction of Esthetic Ceramics, is an industry-leading brand in CAD/CAM dentistry. Computer-aided design and manufacturing have changed the way we fabricate and place restorations like dental crowns. In the past, a crown procedure had to be split up over multiple appointments. CAD/CAM dentistry allows us to provide same-day dental crowns, saving you a significant amount of time in the dental chair. We specialize in CEREC crowns because many patients enjoy quick, beautiful, and superb results!
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If you would like to learn more about the benefits of our cutting-edge technology, our team is happy to help. Call 315-457-9999 to schedule your appointment today!