Digital x-rays are the newest technology used in dentistry to take and archive dental x-rays. Digital x-rays significantly reduce the amount of radiation as compared to traditional dental x-rays. This technique captures a digital picture of teeth with their supporting bone structures and stores the images on a computer in our Arlington Heights Dental Office. You and Dr. Thind will be able to instantly view your x-rays and enlarge the image to aid in the identification of dental problems and to gauge your dental health. Dr. Thind will use this information to create an individualized treatment plan.
Taking pictures of the teeth and supporting tissue with a small video camera about the size of a pen is a wonderful addition to dentistry today. The intra-oral camera creates digital images that can be stored on a computer at Definite Dental. The images are shared with our patients so they can join with us in the "co-diagnosis" of problems with their dental health. We can show you how others view your smile and which fillings are broken or discolored. We look forward to showing you a dental tour of your mouth in the privacy of your treatment room.
Oral Cancer Screening
The incidence of oral cancer continues to rise in the USA. Alarmingly, 25% of new oral cancer cases are patients who do not have any traditional life style risk factors such as age, tobacco and alcohol use. We use a Visually Enhanced Lesion Scope (VELscope) to pinpoint and identify suspicious tissue at earlier stages before they may become life threatening concerns. This technology has successfully improved the identification of pre-cancerous abnormalities in thousands of exams and is similar to other early detection procedures such as mammography and colonoscopy. The oral cancer exam can be performed during a routine hygiene exam in about two minutes and the results are immediately available.