At New Smiles Studio, we use digital x-rays which have several advantages over traditional film-based x-rays.
Digital x-rays allow us to take x-rays with 1/5 of the radiation of traditional x-rays eliminating any worry of exposure to excess radiation.
The images are in high resolution and available instantly. The images can be viewed on a large screen with you helping us to discuss your dental health quickly and accurately. If an image needs to be retaken, we can do so immediately.
The sharp, detailed and vibrant images allow us to detect problems sooner. By identifying and addressing any issue before it becomes problematic, we can help save you money in the long run. Early detection can help prevent the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries.
Digital x-rays are our primary tool for early detection of dental problems
Images from our intra-oral camera give you a clear view of what you can't see such as decay between the teeth. The camera is about the size of a toothbrush and fits in your mouth easily. With the camera, we can see broken fillings, fractured teeth, decay or any other dental problem and discuss with you any treatment needed. With a clear understanding of your dental needs, we can decide together what the best treatment is for you.
For most adult dental cleanings we use a ultrasonic scaler to remove tartar buildup in hard-to-reach areas, with no damage to the tooth enamel. These devices use ultrasonic vibrations to help break down the plaque and calculus on the teeth that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease. The ultrasonic cleaners create microscopic bubbles that implode on the surface of the tooth, killing microbes and removing plaque and tartar in the process. Our instruments use a thin tip to better navigate in the periodontal pockets to help maintain optimal gingival health.
The procedure uses water and/or an antimicrobial liquid called chlorhexadine. Manual scaling often uses pressure for cleaning, while the vibration produced by the scaling tip of an ultrasonic scaler is barely perceptible. This makes ultrasonic cleaning suitable to those with sensitive teeth. The cleaning process is faster than manual scaling, making your visit more comfortable.
After your teeth have been cleaned with the ultrasonic cleaner, your teeth will be hand scaled to check for any residual deposits and then polished.