Digital Imaging and X-Rays
To Get An Accurate Smile Diagnosis
Digital Imaging & X-Rays: A Black & White Diagnosis
As pediatric dentists in London, we use technology to pinpoint dental issues and make every child’s visit the best it can be.
5 Benefits Of Digital Imaging & X-Rays
Accuracy – Our team at Ari Pediatric Dentistry gets a clear picture of the inside of your child’s teeth and gums. This makes for a more accurate diagnosis and allows us to customize treatment to them.
Efficient appointments – A digital x-ray is taken in a matter of seconds. Unlike traditional methods, no film needs to be developed. This equals less time in our dental chair and the office.
Low radiation – As all parents, you want to protect your child from anything that could be considered unsafe. Digital x-rays contain up to 90% less radiation than film. And no harmful chemicals are used.
Easy to look at – At Art Pediatric Dentistry, our dentists can look at the image on a screen and magnify areas that require closer inspection. This makes treatment planning for little ones a breeze!
Pain-free – Your child won’t be in any pain when we take an x-ray.
There are various types of digital x-rays. They can be taken outside of the mouth (extraoral) and inside the mouth (intraoral). Intraoral x-rays are the type that is most regularly used. The two different types of intraoral x-rays are bite-wing x-rays and periapical x-rays. Bite-wings require the patient to bite down on a sensor so that an image of a specific part of the mouth can be taken. It’s often used to detect tooth decay, inspect the condition of bone around teeth, and assess the integrity of restorations. Periapical x-rays reveal the inside of the entire tooth and the bone that surrounds it.
A type of extraoral x-ray is a panoramic x-ray. A machine rotates around your child’s head, capturing all of their teeth in the upper and lower arch.
Reach out to our team today to book an appointment for your child. We have the technology on hand to give them excellent smile care!
Exceptional Treatment Outcomes
Book your Child’s Intraoral Camera Examination today
great for early detection
enhanced patient education
accurate dental treatments
better for insurance claims
stand-out patient experience
Intraoral cameras are small, handy tools that benefit patients and the pediatric dentists who use them to detect and explain certain smile conditions.
What Exactly is an Intraoral Camera?
It’s a handheld device (a wee bit longer than a pen) that goes inside a patient’s mouth to capture high-quality images, which are then displayed on an LED monitor. The images allow us to closely look at the nuances of the mouth, gums, and teeth, unlike ever before. With this technology, your child’s pediatric dentist is able to offer more specific, customized treatment plans.
What else makes intraoral cameras so great? Well, they make it possible to show patients – right on the spot – what’s happening in their mouths. They see what we see via the screen. It makes it a lot easier for us to explain what’s happening and educate the patient and their parents when there’s an image to go with it. And best of all, we can hold onto these images for future records. We think that’s pretty cool!
Dental issues we can show and explain include:
We can even show video footage of your child’s smile to them. This makes for a fun, interactive experience that they’ll love. It’s a safe tool that won’t cause any discomfort, which is quite the opposite of dental mirrors. They can cause children to gag – and nobody wants that!
So, what are you waiting for? Give Ari Pediatric Dentistry a call today for comfortable, reliable dentistry that your child will look forward to.
A Pain-Free Dental Treatment
Discover the Benefits of Laser Dentistry for your Child
When we treat children with laser dentistry, it isn’t uncommon to hear them exclaim, “that was it?” It’s gratifying to provide that level of comfort to young patients and show them there’s nothing to fear.
How Laser Dentistry Works
LASER stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It emits light energy in a narrow, focused beam that allows your child’s pediatric dentist to remove or shape soft and hard tissue however we wish. Although, laser dentistry may be a new concept for many, it is a well-established and minimally invasive way to safely treat your child.
At Ari Pediatric Dentistry, we use various lasers, including Diode, C02, Er:Yag, Nd:Yag, and caries detecting systems for early caries detection.
In our clinic, we can use laser dentistry for hard and soft tissue procedures. You might be wondering, what are the benefits of using a laser instead of a drill?
Here are the big ones:
No need for anesthesia; No Freezing or needles
A more comfortable experience
Helps to alleviate anxiety
Kids can eat and drink after treatment
Eliminates vibrations and unpleasant smells
Lasers can also be used to diagnose cavities. They can find hidden decay in teeth in the early stages, and in some cases, the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling.
There’s no question about it, laser dentistry is a safe and effective alternative to dentistry by drill. It’s the minimally-invasive option that gives kids a new outlook on dental appointments.
Call us today to find out more about how we can help your child have a more relaxed experience in the dental chair. We’re just as focused on the journey as the outcome.
Why we use CO2 Dental Laser?
The CO2 laser has been used for intraoral procedures since the 1960s and millions of CO2 laser procedures have been performed with Luxar-LightScalpel flexible fibers since 1991 to date. A great deal of peer-reviewed literature advocates the use of CO2 dental lasers in soft tissue dentistry due to their most important attribute: the WAVELENGTH.
A simple review of soft tissue absorption properties for all soft-tissue dental lasers (810 nm, 904 nm, 960 nm, 980 nm, 1064 nm, 9.3 micrometers, and 10.6 micrometers) reveals that the 10.6 micrometers wavelength of the CO2 laser is the most appropriate for intraoral soft tissue surgical applications.
The key to successful applications of the 10.6 micrometers CO2 lasers, and their advantages over other wavelengths, is their ability to accurately cut and efficiently coagulate the soft tissue at the same time.
DIAGNOdent Cavity Detection
Picks Up Cavities In The Early Stages
DIAGNOdent Cavity Detection Can Protect Your Child’s Smile
Early cavity detection
Comfortable and pain-free
Picks up various types of decay
Early treatment saves time & money
Cavities are one of the most significant oral health issues facing kids. According to the CDC, one in five kids aged 5-11 has at least one untreated tooth.
So, what can you do for your child? Proper brushing and flossing is a great way to defend against cavity-causing bacteria. Equally important are regular visits to a pediatric dentist in London. Why’s that? We have the technology to help us diagnose dental disease early on. Since even the tiniest amount of decay can threaten the tooth’s integrity, finding and filling cavities is essential to preventing future issues.
DIAGNOdent for Early Cavity Detection
There are several ways pediatric dentists can detect cavities in children. One of the ways we do it is with the DIAGNOdent, a relative density measuring device. A laser shoots through its tip, and it measures tooth density. If the enamel (outer surface of the tooth) is hard, it won’t generate a reading. If the thickness is low, then it will produce a reading. Cavities eat away at the enamel, therefore reducing the overall density.
It’s a great tool because it allows us to pick up on cavities in their earliest stages. What else is good about it? Your child won’t need to undergo anesthesia. There’s no pain involved, and it’s completely radiation-free.
At Ari Pediatric Dentistry, we’re committed to providing your child exceptional care with the very best treatment outcomes possible. Technology is a big part of what we do. And that’s why we trust in DIAGnodent for early cavity detection in combination with our expertise.
Call today to book your child’s appointment!
Computer Assisted Anesthesia
No need for a traditional needle
Computer-Assisted Anesthesia for Relaxing appointments
For our wonderful patients, we take a different approach to freezing. First, we place a topical anesthetic on their gums to desensitize them. Next, we use The Wand, a computer-driven system, to administer the anesthetic slowly and controlled. If your child is quite anxious about the freezing needle, this will help make their worries disappear.
Other advantages of using computer-assisted anesthesia include less pain and no more numbness. If your child fears needles and the unpleasant sting they cause, then this is for them. And as pediatric dentists, it helps us relax more, too, knowing that we’re not an intimidating and scary figure trying to treat your child!
How is it painless?
It’s all in the slow, controlled speed that the anesthesia comes out of the needle. The injection has time to numb the tissue in front of the needle. That means the patient won’t feel the stinging and tightening sensation from an ordinary injection.
The Wand can freeze one tooth at a time
Your pediatric dentist uses a foot pedal to administer it, making for a consistent flow
Greater patient satisfaction
What do actual dental patients have to say about computer-assisted anesthesia? If you look online, you’ll find video testimonials. Many recurring comments include: “I didn’t feel a thing.” “It was completely pain-free.” “My child didn’t flinch.” “I’d take the wand over a normal injection.”
Dentistry doesn’t have to be intimidating for your child! Contact Ari Pediatric Dentistry, pediatric dentists in London, for relaxing, pressure-free appointments. We’re confident your child will have a big smile on their face after their visit.