We have been using digital radiographs in our practice since 1997. Recording radiographic images digitally reduces the amount of radiation needed as compared to film-based radiographs. Exposure time for digital radiographs are extremely minimal. The improved capability of digital radiographs to be enhanced and the ability to view the images on a computer screen, allow us better diagnostic capabilities and better communication with our patients. Using digital radiographs shortens treatment time and allows for easy reproduction and secure sharing of images. By eliminating film, developer and silver containing fixer, digital radiography is also better for the environment!
Dr. Barr carefully chooses which and when radiographs are taken. Radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, and assess damage when trauma occurs.
The introduction of the surgical microscope has revolutionized the field of Endodontic Microsurgery. We have invested in the very best quality surgical microscopes, that provide unparalleled magnification and illumination for our surgical procedures.
Dr. Barr use surgical operating microscopes for all endodontic procedures. When Dr. Barr looks at your tooth through a microscope, your tooth is magnified up to 20 times and a whole new level of precision opens up. He can see and treat delicate nuances of root canal anatomy and diagnose important issues with your tooth such as fractures or additional canals.
We believe that laser-assisted endodontics is an important new innovation and have integrated lasers into all aspects of our care, including endodontic microsurgery. Studies have shown that laser disinfection can eliminate up to 99.8% of bacteria from root canal systems.
We use specialized ultrasonic handpieces and instruments to remove microscopic amounts of calcification that may be obscuring additional canals and preventing adequate treatment. This requires great precision and dexterity.
After canals have been instrumented, we use ultrasonic devices to activate the disinfectants inside the root canal system to further eradicate bacteria that may be tenaciously clinging to the walls of the canals. This is the same way jewelry is cleaned. We are able to treat canals that would not be accessible and achieve a level of cleanliness superior to that obtained by just rinsing the inside of a tooth.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography
The Green CT by VATECH.
By obtaining these immediate and accurate 3-D images of teeth, we can:
- Identify root system anomalies
- Gather more information of hidden tooth related disease that would otherwise go undetected and untreated
- Determine presence of other non-dental issues
- Accurately treat and diagnose traumatic injuries to the teeth and bone
- Determine the presence and extent of internal/external root resorptions
- Assess potential treatment complications
- Plan accurately for surgical treatment
The high definition, small volume machines generate excellent images. The amount of energy required to produce such an image is never zero, but with recent advancements in image intensifying software, the exposure is minimal, roughly equivalent to 1 to 6 intraoral digital images.
We will always assess the individual needs of a patient before using this technology, as often much treatment can be completed with traditional digital x-rays.
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