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Digital X-Rays in

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays use a digital image capture device in place of traditional film, sending an image immediately to a computer. The result is a highly-detailed image of the mouth, and its contrast and resolution can be enhanced to more easily diagnose dental problems and determine the best treatment with less radiation.

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Laser Dentistry in

Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry has become increasingly popular because it offers many benefits for both dentists and patients. It's an innovative technique used in dental care to provide patients with more precise, minimally invasive, and more effective treatments for cavities, gum surgery, orthodontics, and other oral issues.

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Laser Dentistry in

The Next Step in Cavity/Decay Detection

One of the most important additions we’ve made to our preventative care technology I the use of fiberoptic transillumination, in the form of the CariVu detection device. We purchased this instrument about 2 months after it was first introduced at the 2016 Chicago midwinter Meeting. This instrument uses near infrared light and a sensor combined with advanced computer software to detect the presence of cavities that cannot be seen visually or are questionable on an X-ray. It also opens up a new way of detecting fractures in both teeth and around fillings. As it uses non-ionizing radiation, it is ideal for children, pregnant women and patients who are X-ray averse.

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Spectra Cavity Detection System

Early cavity detection is one of the most important things we can do for our patients. It allows us to protect your teeth from further decay and possible abscess, and it helps us keep your teeth healthy.

For decades, the old tried-and-true method for finding cavities was the good old dental “pick” (explorer). However, in the mid to late 1990’s it was not as reliable as it had been in the past. This was because decay had become more difficult to locate due to the widespread use of fluoride in both drinking water and toothpaste. Fluoride hardens the enamel to the point where the explorer could not locate the microscopic areas that were starting to decay, just because of the diameter of the explorer’s tip. This literally caused the tooth to decay from the inside out!

Realizing what we were missing, the dental industry devised an instrument to help eliminate this dilemma. It was called a Diagnodent Laser Probe. For years it made a huge difference in our ability to detect decay. We were finding issues through it that we could not readily see. But it too was not perfect. Then, in 2011, Dr. Potempa’s office became the first in Illinois to receive the Spectra Cavity Detection System. The Spectra is leaps and bounds more accurate than even the old Diagnodent pen. It uses the natural fluorescence of teeth and pathology to detect cavities with little to no error. It is this system that has been our mainstay since 2010 for detecting new decay.

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Gregory Potempa DDS, Ltd. Special Offer
Gregory Potempa DDS, Ltd. Special Offer