At James Swanson, DDS, we use digital x-rays. X-rays are a very important tool, and modern advances in dentistry has developed a digital format. This is a great invention. It provides us the radiographs we need to see problems that are hidden, while exposing our patients to considerably less radiation, in images that are much higher in quality and immediately available.
By having large images on a screen right next to our patients, it has improved communication and made it more effective. With images that are immediately able to be observed, our process is faster and more efficient. The accuracy of images that are large, that we are able to zoom in on spots, in a high resolution, is a huge step up from the small 2 inch slides.
Digital radiography has greatly enhanced the practice of dentistry.
An intra-oral camera allows Dr. Swanson to give his patients a look at what he sees. This camera is a device that is small, about the size of your toothbrush and with the help of a computer screen near your chair, you can seen an enlarged image of the inside of your mouth. Dr. Swanson can show the patient broken fillings, cracked or fractured teeth, any damage, decay, and other dental problems. Together, we can create a plan of the treatment that is needed.
Ultrasonic scalers are used for most dental cleanings in our adult patients. Using ultrasonic vibrations, we are able to breakdown plaque and any hardened calculus that has built up on your teeth. This is the bad bacteria that causes the disease called gingivitis, which is a stage of periodontal disease. How this system works is, the ultrasonic cleaners create microscopic bubbles, these bubbles implode on your teeth, and this kills microbes and removes plaque and tartar. This tool uses a thin tip which helps us better navigate below the gums, into the periodontal pockets, helping you maintain your dental health.
Following your dental cleaning using the ultrasonic scaler, our hygienist will hand scale to check for any left over tartar and then polish your teeth to remove any surface stains.
For more information on dental tools and the technology we use in our office, contact our Seattle, WA office at: (206) 633-1048