Our practice uses high power magnification to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using magnification enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye.
In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the magnification directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you.
Drs. Maureen Tredwell or Scott Tredwell chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. 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, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Drs. Maureen Tredwell and Scott Tredwell utilize Panoramic Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Laser dentistry can be used for soft tissue related procedures eliminating the need for suturing and healing is much faster.
A special Diagnodent Laser can be used to diagnose cavities. It can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and results in more conservative treatment.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Cavity diagnosis
- Periodontal, or gum related, care
- Pediatric procedures
- Apthous ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
- Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Drs. Maureen Tredwell and Scott Tredwell utilize Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera. An Intraoral Camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations.
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.
Even under the best of conditions, traditional impressions were still uncomfortable, occasionally unreliable and unpleasant tasting. That’s why we’re proud to offer goop-free, full digital impressions with the revolutionary iTero Element Scanner. Not only is a digital impression more comfortable, it’s much more accurate. The scanner takes an incredibly detailed impression of your teeth and gums.
Caries Risk Assessment
Due to new research on cavities and what causes them, we know everyone is at risk of developing decay at some point in their lifetime. Caries risk assessment is a diagnostic method used to identify issues before irreversible damage has occurred. Essentially, it is an assessment of the balance between risk factors for the disease and protective factors keeping you healthy!
The VELscope helps us identify oral disease early, while it’s still easy to treat. The VELscope offers hope for the early discovery of oral disease, including precancer and cancer. The VELscope is a han held blue light that stimulates natural fluorescence in the soft tissues of your mouth, which allows Drs. Scott and Maureen Tredwell to see disease not visible with the naked eye.