At CS Family Dentistry, we have invested in ultramodern dental technology to aid in your comfort and treatment. Dr. Cole Smith and his Bastrop dental team utilize lead-edge technology to make each procedure efficient and pain-free.
Our goal is to get your oral health on track and keep it that way, all while in utmost comfort. All our equipment is geared towards identifying and diagnosing abnormalities or dental issues. We can place dental implants with precision, or determine the source of jaw pain.
Here are some of the dental technologies you might come across during your dental visit.
Digital x-rays are used to help us diagnose dental issues that aren't noticeable during a visual examination. X-rays allow us to make accurate and precise diagnostics.
- Tooth decay, especially decay that's not immediately visible—under a filling or in the spaces between teeth
- Gum disease and bone loss
- Abnormalities in a root canal
While your dentist may be able to catch oral problems with a regular dental examination, x-rays can detect small issues before they become big. Dr. Cole Smith can also use x-rays to help place dental implants and other dental prosthetics.
Panoramic x-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool used to view all the elements of your mouth—your teeth, gums, bones, and soft tissue—in one single image. These two-dimensional images allow Dr. Smith to diagnose fundamental dental issues like misalignment, cavities, infection, or anything that concerns your jawbones.
Panoramic x-rays allow us to diagnose:
- Tooth infections
- Impacted teeth/wisdom teeth
- Tumors and cysts
- Periodontal disease
- TMJ (jaw) disorders
Dr. Cole Smith can also use these x-rays to plan out treatment that involves braces, dentures, and dental implants.
3-D Cone Beam
Cone beam 3-D imaging allows your Bastrop dentist to get precise, detailed, three-dimensional images of your teeth and surrounding structures. This special x-ray equipment is utilized when standard x-rays are not sufficient. Dr. Smith can use this technology to get 3-D images of your teeth, gums, bone, soft tissues, sinuses, and even nerve pathways.
These images are more accurate and comprehensive than traditional two-dimensional x-rays since Dr. Cole Smith can view your mouth at any angle; which is helpful for viewing wisdom teeth, how much bone is available to support dental implants, and more. Other uses for cone beam imaging include:
- Placement of dental implants
- Seeing if a root canal is necessary
- Evaluating impacted teeth
- Determining if extraction is needed
- Sleep apnea
- TMJ disorders
- Viewing fractures
Digital impressions are a leading-edge technology that allows your Bastrop dentist to make a computer-generated virtual model of your mouth, including your hard and soft tissues. This negative imprint of your teeth and soft tissues allow Dr. Cole Smith to make a custom dental tray that can fit over your teeth. Instead of using unpleasant gel to make an impression of your mouth, our dental facility can make an impression digitally using a small wand. These digital impressions can help us create your custom-fitted dental crown, bridge, denture, or other dental prosthesis.
Rotary endodontics allows us to perform gentle root canals with a high success rate. During a root canal, the special material of the nickel-titanium instrument allows better and faster movement, while the instrument itself enables Dr. Smith to access hard-to-reach places in your mouth. Thanks to rotary endodontics, we can remove the infection from your tooth and ensure that reinfection will not occur.
Our priority is your comfort, which is why we encourage our patients to let us know if they are feeling anxious. We provide noise-canceling headphones and TVs in every room, along with comfy blankets and pillows. Our dental staff is adept at putting patients at ease and answering questions. If you are still nervous or stressed, we can provide nitrous oxide to help relieve any discomfort.
Known as a mild anesthetic, nitrous oxide can reduce or eliminate anxiety and is safe and gentle for patients of all ages. Since the effects go away within ten minutes, patients can still drive and go about their day after leaving our Bastrop office.
Don't delay your dentist visit because of anxiety; we can help!
Intraoral cameras are a dental technology that allows us to show you images of your mouth, so you get a highly-detailed picture of what’s happening and why treatment is necessary. Using the intraoral camera, you can see exactly what your dentist sees of your teeth and gums. Not only does this instrument allow your dentist to make accurate treatment plans, but it can also allow them to show you.
Digital sensors, or digital imaging, is a type of x-ray imaging that replaces traditional x-ray film. This technology produces highly-detailed digital images of your teeth, gums, and adjacent structures. Using digital sensors, Dr. Cole Smith can detect early dental issues before they grow, and the process is eco-friendly. The digital nature of these images allows for clearer pictures, and your dentist can easily share images with other professionals or insurance providers.
Television in Our Patient Rooms
Our main priorities are maintaining your oral health while keeping you as stressfree and comfortable as possible. By offering TVs in all our treatment rooms and noise-canceling headphones, we can let our patients catch up on their favorite shows and movies while we work on their smile.
Digital records allow us to efficiently access and share patient records to dental specialists and insurance providers. Switching from written patient files to digital files enables your Bastrop dental office to maintain precise record-keeping that not only includes notes but digital images, charts, x-rays, and more.