Dental Technology

 
 

Capital Esthetics & Family Dentistry is pleased to feature the latest dental technologies at our dental studio. Our dentist and team use technology to gain a better understanding of your overall oral condition, plan your treatments, and help you make informed decisions about your dental health. 

To help us provide you with the highest level of care, we feature top dental technology such as: DEXIS CariVu™, digital x-rays, and intraoral cameras. This group of diagnostic equipment aids us in making quick, accurate diagnoses, which in turn help us to effectively plan out the course of your treatment. We also make it a priority to equip our dental studio with cutting-edge tools and materials. You can feel confident in knowing that Dr. Pham and her team are trained, and continually train, to combine recent advanced techniques with these advanced dental technologies.

In our dental studio, we've found investing in dental technology to be highly beneficial for both our team and our patients. The experience is much more efficient, accurate, and comfortable. And that means we can provide for our patients the best dental care possible.

 

DEXIS CARIVU™

Capital Esthetics & Family Dentistry is pleased to feature the DEXIS CariVu™ scanner at our practice. This non-radiation caries detector helps to diagnose tooth decay in the earliest stages, allowing our dentist to quickly provide treatment before any serious damage can occur.

DEXIS CariVu technology uses a patented transillumination technique to identify tooth decay and other dental problems within the mouth. This transillumination technology bathes the teeth in near-infrared light, making the enamel appear transparent while lesions and decay trap and absorb the light. This allows our dentist to get a very clear and highly accurate picture of the tooth structure and any developing problems. The images appear just like regular X-rays, making them easier for you to understand as well.

CariVu technology is quick and comfortable to use, taking only a few seconds to capture images of your teeth. Additionally, CariVu technology uses a non-ionizing type of radiation, making it very safe for children, pregnant women, and patients who are averse to X-rays.

 

DIGITAL X-RAYS

Dr. Diane Pham uses digital X-rays to capture high-quality images of your teeth and supporting structures. Digital X-rays are quick and comfortable to use, and help our dentist to plan more effective treatments to benefit your oral health. 

Digital X-rays are one of the advanced diagnostic tools we use to provide you with the best possible care. Digital radiography has changed the way we take dental X-rays by making the process faster, more comfortable, and more convenient than ever before. Digital X-rays use a digital sensor to take images of your teeth, unlike traditional X-rays that use film. Digital X-rays use significantly less radiation than conventional film X-rays, and they require the use of no chemicals for developing the images. Our dentist can then instantly view the high-quality images on monitors right in the treatment room to provide you with efficient, accurate diagnoses and care. Our team is able to use digital radiography to identify and diagnose several types of dental problems, such as:

  • Decay in between teeth
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Improper tooth root positioning
  • Cysts and abscesses
  • Fractures in existing fillings
  • Tumors
  • Infection in the tooth nerves
  • Bone loss

We may also use digital dental X-rays to plan certain kinds of dental treatment, such as oral surgery procedures, root canal treatment, dental implants, and more. 

 

INTRAORAL CAMERAS

Dr. Diane Pham uses intraoral cameras to closely examine the areas of your mouth that are more difficult to reach. These cameras project color images onto a nearby screen so that you can see what our dentist sees, giving you a better understanding of your oral health and dental treatments.

An intraoral camera is a tool we use to get a closer look at different parts of your smile. The intraoral camera is a small, pen-shaped tool that we can use to take color, high-quality photos of your teeth and gums, as well as other structures in your mouth as needed. Because the intraoral camera is so small and easily maneuverable, we can use it to see angles in your mouth that we cannot easily view with the unaided eye. We may utilize the intraoral camera to better evaluate your oral health and to diagnose dental problems like tooth decay and periodontal disease, as well as tooth damage like a cracked or chipped tooth. The intraoral camera is also useful in following up after a treatment has been completed.

In addition to helping our team get a better view of your smile, the images taken with the intraoral camera are also helpful for allowing you, our patient, to gain a better understanding of your oral health and dental treatments. We can also send these photos to other dentists and specialists, and submit them to dental insurance companies as needed.