The Importance of Dental Technology
Through the decades, dental technology continues to advance and become more efficient for both doctors and patients. At our dental practice in Jupiter, FL, Dr. Villalobos uses a variety of dental technology to ensure patients receive the highest quality dental care possible.
Learn more about our innovative technology and how you’ll benefit from its advancements.
Panorex is an advanced piece of imaging technology that’s capable of identifying many issues and structures that a normal x-ray can’t. You’ll start by sitting in a chair with your chin on a small ledge. Once positioned in the machine, it will rotate around your entire head, taking a full 360-degree view of the teeth, head, sinuses, and bones.
The ability to view the full structure of the head is very informative for Dr. Villalobos. It allows him to see any potential problems and ensure that everything is functioning properly. The Panorex is capable of viewing specific types of structural problems and infections.
The intraoral camera is a valuable diagnostic tool used for viewing different angles in the mouth that we were unable to see just a few years ago. This camera gives our Jupiter team the ability to view the entire mouth on a monitor so we can get a closer look at any potential issues or problems that may arise.
In addition, each patient will have the ability to also see the monitor. This helps patients get a better understanding of the course of treatment we decide on.
There are two types of handpieces: air-drive and electric. Electric handpieces are much stronger than air-driven ones due to the fact that a motor is spinning the bur as opposed to air. This allows Dr. Villalobos to remove decay at a faster rate. This will cut down on the time it takes to complete a procedure.
Endodontics, or root canal therapy, is a procedure where the roots or nerves of the teeth are removed. This is often due to the fact that they’re infected and causing the patient severe pain.
Rotary endodontics is a way of performing a root canal utilizing a specific electrical handpiece. This tool often makes the process faster and allows Dr. Villalobos to perform the procedure with greater ease.
Digital x-rays are quickly becoming the standard way of x-ray imaging for the dental industry. A digital x-ray allows Dr. Villalobos to capture an image of the tooth or teeth and put it into an imaging program. Within this imaging program, there are a number of tools that allow him to take a very close look at the teeth and surrounding structure, ensuring more accuracy in diagnosing and treatment plans.
As a benefit to the patient, digital x-rays provide nearly 80 percent less radiation than a standard x-ray. This is because the digital version of an x-ray is much more sensitive to this radiation and has been specifically designed with the patient in mind.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings are an important component of your dental visits. With advances in modern technology, we’re now able to pinpoint the start of a potential issue much earlier than its beginning. The ability to do so is extremely crucial in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irrevocable problem.
The oral cancer screening is often completed with an ultraviolet light or similar device that allows us to view issues that can’t always be detected by the human eye.
Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the overall health of your mouth. If you’re a heavy smoker or drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I get dental x-rays?
We recommend getting dental x-rays once a year. Unless we need to take extra x-rays for a specific diagnosis or dental issue, we limit most patients to x-rays at every other six-month appointment. This helps keep your exposure to radiation safe while providing us with images of your teeth to keep track of your oral health status.
What is the latest technology in dentistry?
Dental technology has significantly progressed over the years and continues to evolve. This means the latest technology involving treatments is advancing too. Some of the latest technology in dentistry include computer-assisted technology, digital x-rays, 3D printing, laser dentistry, and more!
Learn How Our Technology Can Benefit You
At our Jupiter dental office, we feature the latest technology in dentistry that benefits both our team and our patients. To get a better understanding of our technology and how it’s utilized, contact our Jupiter practice by calling (561) 744-0677. You can also reach us by filling out our online contact form.