Dr. Gasparaitis chooses 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. Dr. Gasparaitis utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, radiation exposure is about 50% to 70% 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 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.
Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. Our offices utilizes laser dentistry to treat a variety of gum conditions associated with periodontal disease. We also use our laser to aid us with certain restorative procedures. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures, the use of the lasers is more comfortable and efficient for the patient, since there is no need to use scalpels or place sutures. Healing is much faster and there is less post-operative discomfort for the patient.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Curing, or hardening, bonding materials
- Whitening teeth
- Periodontal, or gum related, care
- Laser-assisted scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
- Aphthous Ulcer treatment (canker sores)
- Gingivectomy and other gum corrections
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
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.
Dr. Gasparaitis utilizes Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intraoral Camera is a hand-held device slightly larger than a toothbrush, that we use to take and view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth, and gums in order 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!
Intraoral 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.