Dentistry continues to improve as technology advances, and neither shows signs of slowing down. In recent years, traditional x-rays and photography methods have gone digital, streamlining processes and dental records and allowing dentists to provide increasingly exceptional care. Beelman Dental is committed to continuing education, learning the latest procedures and investing in new technologies that allow for faster, easier treatments with the most accurate results available.
Dr. Beelman welcomes the challenge of working with nervous patients to calm dental jitters! Our easygoing office atmosphere lays the groundwork for patient relaxation, and our advanced technology just seals the deal. We take every measure to raise your comfort level in the dental chair–from lightning-quick digital x-rays to intraoral cameras that show you what we are seeing, to air abrasion that eliminates the sound and vibration of the drill. If you so choose, we also offer sedation dentistry options.
Air abrasion removes early tooth decay without the use of a dental drill – it works like a tiny sandblaster, blowing a powerful stream of air of tiny aluminum oxide particles out of its tip and into the tooth. You will need to wear protective eyewear (the team will supply this for your treatment) while the team assisting Dr. Beelman uses a rubber dental dam and suctions particles to prevent ingestion into the lungs. Air abrasion generates no vibration, pressure or heat, and sometimes reduces the need for anesthesia, particularly if the cavity is not deep. Air abrasion can take longer than traditional drilling, but it reduces the risk of fracture or chipping of the tooth. It can cause sensitivity, and cannot be used for deeper cavities, hard enamel removal, or preparation of teeth for crowns, onlays or inlays.
Like other types of photography, traditional x-rays have become digital. Digital x-rays are significantly safer than conventional ones— they produce up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays did – and they are far more detailed and accurate, so small issues can be detected long before they become big problems.
Digital x-rays can also be taken quickly and easily in a matter of seconds–without patients getting up from the dental chair. There’s less chance for movement and human error, and since they are pulled up onscreen almost immediately, everyone can view them together!
When the first intraoral cameras were developed sometime in the late 1980s, dentists and hygienists still relied on their own eyesight with some help from a little mirror to see into your mouth and peer around toothy corners – talk about a margin for error! – so intraoral cameras have changed dentistry in a big way. Current intraoral cameras allow real-time, high-resolution images that can be magnified to detect issues much sooner. Intraoral cameras also allow patients to see what we see – on the same screen, at the same time – so you can get your questions answered right away.
We’re sure you remember the days when getting a crown, bridge, or orthodontics required physical impressions, meaning you would have to sit still with trays full of goop in your mouth for several minutes – hope you don’t have a bad gag reflex! Thankfully, digital scanning technology has changed the impression game entirely. The iTero Element Intraoral Scanner quickly and easily produces high-precision digital scans that allow us to create beautiful restorations that fit right the first time. We can also streamline your Invisalign® treatment, ensuring your digital impressions are accurate for a higher acceptance rate, fewer fit issues, and a better patient experience – we can even show you a preview of your new smile before getting started!
If you have any questions about our technology or would like to schedule an appointment with your gentle dentist, Dr. Beelman at at Beelman Dental, give us a call today at (817) 409-3830 or request an appointment online below. We’ll take the time to make you smile!