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Keep your oral health in check with gentle, precision dental technology in Murrieta, CA

Sometimes, you must get “under the hood” to pinpoint the source of that new sound or strange vibration. At Scola Family Dentistry, we do much the same thing, only we are not working on a car engine – we are working on the “engine” that supports your systemic health and overall wellbeing – oral health. Dr. Valerie Scola has invested in dental technology in Murrieta, CA, that renders clear and precise images of oral structures. Such technologies aid in accurately diagnosing the condition or abnormality at hand. With accurate diagnostics, we can effectively treat decay, disease, and other oral problems. Sophisticated equipment further detects slight abnormalities that otherwise might be overlooked. So, we can diagnose the condition earlier in the disease process when it is easiest to resolve fully. Plus, these technologies allow for your mouth to be evaluated in a way that is non-invasive (gentle), safe, and fast.

Panoramic X-rays

Not unlike panoramas or panoramic photos that you might take on your smartphone, panoramic x-rays also provide sweeping views. But, instead of a magnificent vista, panoramic radiographs, as they are also called, provide wide views of your entire oral cavity as one big x-ray. Besides, these images taken from the outside of the mouth show all the teeth, upper and lower jaws, and sinuses. This expansive look at your mouth allows Dr. Scola to quickly and precisely pinpoint conditions such as impacted wisdom teeth, bone irregularities, cysts, and tumors.

Digital X-rays

At Scola Family Dentistry, we also use digital radiography. Conventional imaging uses x-ray film to produce images of the teeth, gums, and other structures in the oral cavity. But digital x-rays use special sensors instead of film to produce clear images of oral structures. These sensors and associated plates require less radiation than traditional film x-rays. So, they are safe. Additionally, they can reveal areas that otherwise remain undetected, such as decay between teeth or underneath restorations such as crowns and fillings. Dr. Scola can review the images immediately on a computer monitor and enhance them to see details more closely.

Intraoral cameras

Another type of digital technology, intraoral cameras are wand-like instruments that are placed in the mouth to capture images of internal, oral structures. As the wand passes over the teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues, Dr. Scola can transfer what the camera “sees” onto a monitor. You can review trouble spots alongside your dentist. This helps you to better understand the available treatment options. Also, patients love that the device is so unobtrusive and generally well-tolerated, even for those with a gag reflex or jaw pain.

CBCT imaging machine 

CBCT stands for “Cone Beam Computed Tomography.” While that sounds like a mouthful, CBCT imaging is a variation on conventional computed tomography (CT) scans. The technology features an arm, which will rotate around you 360 degrees. A large volume of high-quality images of your oral cavity and interconnected structures (ear, nose, throat) are captured from many different angles with an X-ray beam that is shaped like a cone. Precision images from various perspectives provide a fuller picture of your condition and needs than is rendered with a single scan. 

Additionally, CBCT scans are convenient; a 20- to 40-second scan captures your entire mouth and related structures. A 10-second scan renders images of a localized, specific areas. No preparation is required. And the process of getting scans is well-tolerated. CBCT is also considered to be the safer alternative to the original CT. Some units are associated with, on average, almost 80% lessradiation that conventional CT systems.

Planmeca CAD/CAM technology

Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology has been a mainstay of the engineering, architectural, and “built” worlds for decades. Now, we can use CAD/CAM software and hardware by Planmeca to design, fabricate, and refine dental restorations while you wait. With conventional equipment and approaches, restorations such as crowns would require at least two appointments: The first visit to plan and prepare the tooth and permanent crown, and the second visit to place the permanent crown made in an outside lab. 

Planmeca CAD/CAM technology essentially brings the lab to us. We have the in-house capabilities to plan, prepare, design, make, place, and adjust (as needed) the dental crown in a single visit. CAD software allows us to digitally scan and create a virtual, 3-dimensional model of your mouth. That simulation is used to design crowns, veneers, and other restorations. CAM hardware then allows us to “mill” the restoration from a quality block of dental porcelain. Adjustments can be made on site. With all aspects of the restorative process available at our office, you also avoid the need to wear a fragile temporary crown while you wait for another lab to make your new crown.  Get to know these and other advanced technologies for a stress-free dental visit by scheduling your appointment at Scola Family Dentistry. The Murrieta, CA office welcomes patients from Temecula, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Sun City, Canyon Lake, and the surrounding area. Call (951) 666-7013.

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