Digital x-rays are the newest technology used in dentistry to take and archive dental x-rays. Digital x-rays significantly reduces the amount of radiation as compared to traditional dental x-rays.This technique captures a digital picture of teeth with their supporting bone structures and stores the images on a computer in our Lemont, IL Dental Office. You and Dr. John Mastrud will be able to instantly view your x-rays and enlarge the image to aid in the identification of dental problems and to guage your dental health. Dr. John Mastrud will use this information to create an individualized treatment plan.
Taking pictures of the teeth and supporting tissue with a small video camera about the size of a pen is a wonderful addition to dentistry today. The intra-oral camera creates digital images that can be stored on a computer at John Mastrud DDS. The images are shared with our patients so they can join with us in the "co-diagnosis" of problems with their dental health. We can show you how others view your smile and which fillings are broken or discolored. We look forward to showing you a dental tour of your mouth in the privacy of your treatment room.
These allow us to easily show you x-rays, photos, and charts of the mouth. Treatment options can be easily shown with interactive videos. The displays allow us better address any questions or concerns that a patient may have.
Soft Tissue Laser
In recent years, laser dentistry has superseded many traditional dentistry practices, making treatments more precise and less painful. This newer style of dentistry utilizes intense beams of light projected by a dental laser. Dental lasers can be used to perform a wide variety of treatments, including soft tissue shaping and removal.
Your dentist may prefer dental lasers for many procedures because they damage less of the surrounding tissue than some traditional techniques – which means that patients experience less discomfort and pain. There are many other benefits associated with laser dentistry, which include:
- Faster healing and tissue regeneration
- Preservation of more of the natural tooth
- Reduced bleeding during and after treatment
- Reduced need for anesthesia
- Reduced need for stitches and sutures
- Reduced risk of bacterial infections after procedures
Different types of dental lasers have been created to treat different conditions based on the different wavelengths of light. Your dentist may utilize both conventional methods of dentistry and laser therapies based on each patient’s specific needs and will decide which method is best on a case-by-case basis.
If you have questions or concerns about laser dentistry, please contact your doctor.
Electronic Caries Detection
A specialized camera that uses fluorescence to detect caries on teeth that may go unnoticed in X-ray images. Early detection means pinpointing problems at an earlier stage in order to preserve tooth structure.
A non-invasive screening method for detecting changes in soft tissue that allows for earlier detection of oral cancer.