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Improving Your Smile With Digital Technology

In our last blog, we looked at how we use dental lasers to place fillings and even treat sleep apnea. But we also have advanced digital technology to diagnose smiles and even to create custom crowns and appliances. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about our digital technology.

Our Digital X-Rays

With digital x-rays, you don’t need to bite down on uncomfortable bite wings. Instead, we will gather these images quickly and comfortably, and they can be displayed instantly on a chairside monitor. No need to wait for development in harsh chemicals. This uses 90% less radiation, and we can offer a diagnosis with greater precision and accuracy.

The Tekscan Pressure Mapping System

To diagnose possible issues with the balance of your bite, including TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), we can use the Tekscan pressure mapping system. We can see which teeth make contact when you bite down, and assess the pressure being exerted. The cause and extent of your imbalance is then identified, and we can discuss treatments moving forward to help correct bite balance and ease the impact of TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding). This can help fight pain in the jaw, face, and head, and protect your teeth from injury and tooth decay. With bonding and contouring, we can improve the balance in one visit. We may also place a crown to recommend an oral appliance.

3D Printing for Smiles

What if we need to create a restoration to treat your smile, or what if you need a dental prosthetic to address missing teeth? With 3D technology, our team can accomplish this in only one visit. We begin by numbing your smile to prepare the teeth, such as removing structure to make room for crowns or veneers. We then gather detailed digital images from multiple angles quickly and comfortably, without a need for bitewings or trays filled with a gooey material. The 3D computer impression is then used to design your restoration or prosthetic. The information is uploaded to an onset milling machine, which crafts your restoration or prosthetic from lifelike ceramic.

In one visit, we can plan, create, and place the items needed to improve the function, health, and beauty of your smile. If you have any questions about the advanced technology we use to treat smiles of all ages, then contact our team today to learn more. We’re ready to help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health again.

Talk to Your Katy, TX, Dentist

Our team employs digital technology in the diagnosing and treatment of your oral health issues. Call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Our team is here to help you smile with confidence!