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Technology

 

At Triangle Dentistry, we pride ourselves in providing patient-centric care and keeping up with the latest dental technology. Over the years, there have been many additions to our screening and prevention technologies, especially for early oral cancer detection and treatment of oral health issues.

 

 

Velscope

Velscope Oral Exam

Thousands of patients will be diagnosed with some form of oral cancer each year. Because oral cancer progresses rapidly and can be life-threatening, it is important to receive regular oral cancer screenings. Screening techniques have evolved over the years, allowing for abnormalities typically undetectable by the naked eye to be discovered faster and easier.

Triangle Dentistry offers a simple, effective oral cancer screening process with the Velscope- a tool that dentists use to help examine the inside of a patient’s oral cavity for potential cancerous or pre-cancerous tissues. The Velscope works by emitting a safe, bright blue light into the mouth that causes the tissue to emit a natural fluorescent color. This allows the practitioner to examine the tissue in more detail, while looking for anything that may be suspicious. This process takes 1-2 minutes and is generally conducted after a dental cleaning.

If you’re ready to schedule your oral cancer screening, click here.

Triangle Dentistry’s latest Tooth Talk episode goes over the Velscope screening process, check it out here.

 

Other Technologies

 

Florida Probe System

The Florida Probe System simplifies the perioral exam process by using speak-to-text voice recognition technology to record the measurements of gum pockets that develop from gum disease, like gingivitis and periodontitis.

The Florida Probe System provides a more patient-centric experience that allows the hygienist to focus on the perioral exam, instead of constantly going back and forth to the computer for charting. This technology is also more efficient and accurate than the traditional method of charting measurements.

Check out Triangle Dentistry’s Tooth Talk episode on how the Florida Probe System is used in our office.

 

Digital Intraoral Camera

Woman holding intraoral camera

Created to help clinicians capture and display digital images from the inside of a patient’s mouth, intraoral cameras are a valuable tool for patient education and case documentation.

Many dental intraoral cameras are easily portable and can connect to a computer wirelessly, through a USB port or a docking station.

Usually equipped with LEDs, these digital cameras can capture images without external lighting.

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Dental Radiographs

Digital radiography is a type of imaging that uses digital X-ray sensors to replace traditional photographic X-ray film,. This produces greatly enhanced computer images of teeth, gums, and many other oral conditions and structure that cannot be seen otherwise.

Digital dental radiographs can be taken in 2 ways:

  1. Intraoral (interior)
  • Most common type of dental X-ray
  • Provide great amount of visual detail
  • Used to detect cavities
  • Allows providers to check the status of developing teeth
  • Dentists can monitor the overall health of teeth and gums

 

  1. Extraoral (exterior)
  • Not used to identify individual tooth problems
  • Can allow dentists to detect impacted teeth and monitor on jaw growth and development
  • Providers may use to identify any concerns or problems with the teeth, jaws, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), or any other of the facial bones

 

FREE Oral Cancer Screening

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