What is Digital Dentistry?
Digital dentistry technology offers significant advantages over traditional dentistry methods. One of the biggest advantages is improved efficiency in dental procedures. Advancements in digital dentistry have allowed for extremely streamlined processes. The end result is precise quality of work with fast turn around times for cases as easy as same day dental crowns to advanced cases such as multiple dental implants.
At our San Ramon dentist office, we have “gone digital." We have an array of leading-edge technology and equipment at our disposal. Using digital dentistry, traditional dental problems are given upgraded solutions. We are able to use our advanced dental equipment for CAD/CAM restorations, computerized case presentations, digital radiography, electronic prescriptions, digital impressions, imaging for implant placement, and digitally-based surgical guides — just to name a few.
Digital radiography systems reduce radiation exposure to patients by up to 80 percent compared to film-based systems. Digital radiography conforms to the very important ALARA principle of keeping radiation exposure to as low as reasonably possible. At our San Ramon dental office, we do not use any harsh chemicals and other waste materials associated with traditional radiography which keeps our office "green."
3D X-Rays /CBCT
This type of digital CT scanner uses a special type of technology to generate three dimensional (3-D) images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the head region. Images obtained with cone beam CT allow for more precise dental treatment planning. It can be used to help in surgical planning for impacted wisdom teeth, diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), accurate placement of dental implants, and locating the origin of pain or pathology.