At Bennett A. Thomas, DDS and Associates, we care about your comfort and well-being and want every aspect of your experience with us to exceed your expectations. We believe that an investment in state-of-the-art dental technology is an investment in you, your comfort, and your ongoing oral health.
If you would like to learn more about the dental technology we offer, please call our Great Bridge Chesapeake dental office at (757) 548-3238.
Having the ability to take accurate dental impressions is essential when we're planning procedures like dental crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays. But the process for taking traditional impressions is not comfortable for everyone, especially patients with special needs or those who have a strong gag reflex. While we still use putty impressions occasionally, we also have the ability to take high-tech digital impressions to produce a digital map of your mouth. The details we obtain with digital impressions enable us to customize dental restorations like crowns and bridges and to plan orthodontic treatment with invisible braces.
Digital impressions offer many benefits:
- More comfortable than putty impressions
- Perfect for patients with a strong gag reflex
- Great for kids who can't sit still
- Eliminates sensitivity to cold temperatures
- Limits the margin for distortion and error
- Helps crowns and bridges fit better
Since dentists can’t treat what they can’t see, diagnostic imaging with dental x-rays plays a crucial part in helping you maintain a healthy smile. Our doctors have invested in a state of the art digital imaging system.
For this reason, we use digital x-rays at our Great Bridge Chesapeake dental office. There are numerous benefits to using digital x-rays:
- They reduce your radiation exposure by as much as 80 percent compared to film x-rays.
- Digital sensors used to take images are smooth and comfortable with rounded edges that won't poke into your mouth.
- The highly detailed images allow us to detect problems in their earliest stages. Finding issues early on helps you avoid discomfort and the need for complicated or costly treatment.
- Digital x-rays are an excellent educational tool for our patients. Since we display the images on your chairside monitor, you can see what we see.
- Our dentists can easily point out to you areas of concern and explain what’s happening and why treatment is necessary.
- Digital x-rays use no harmful chemicals that we need to dispose of, so they’re better for the environment.
- We store your x-rays in your digital patient record so we can refer to them as needed or easily send them to insurance companies or specialists.
VELscope Oral Cancer Detection
We take your overall health and well-being very seriously. For this reason, we have invested in a handheld oral cancer screening device called VELscope to our practice.
The VELscope device lights up the inside of your mouth with a blue light that helps us visualize abnormal oral tissue, such as those that are potentially cancerous or pre-cancerous. The screening is non-invasive and takes less than a minute.
With routine screenings, oral cancer is easier to detect or diagnose. Sadly, fatalities are high because the disease is often not diagnosed until late in its development. Backed by more clinical research than any other visualization device, VELscope is the market leader in adjunctive screening technology.
Today we can store all your x-rays, intraoral images, and comprehensive patient records on our secure in-house network. Our dental team can readily access your information and refer to it as needed for diagnosing or monitoring dental conditions. With your permission, we can conveniently share your records with specialists and insurance companies
A standard digital x-ray captures a view of a few teeth and the supporting bone structure, which is all we require in most cases. But sometimes our dentists need to see a broader, overall view of your mouth, and that is when we would recommend a panoramic x-ray. Panoramic x-rays give us a picture of your upper and lower dental arches that includes all your teeth, your upper and lower jaw, and surrounding facial structures.
Using panoramic x-rays, our dental team can:
- Monitor tooth eruption, including wisdom teeth
- Determine the need for orthodontics and track progress during treatment
- Evaluate the jaw joint (TMJ) to diagnose disorders
- Detect dental abscesses, cysts, and tumors
Taking panoramic images is comfortable and non-invasive. Just stand in front of the machine while it rotates around your head in a semi-circle. The high-definition images are immediately available for review by our dentists.
Being proactive with your oral health is much easier when you understand why you need a particular treatment and how it will benefit you. At Bennett A.Thomas, DDS and Associates, we use intraoral cameras to educate our patients and help them see in detail what the problem is.
During your exam, your dental team will guide the small camera over your teeth to produce real-time images of what we see. We display the images on your chairside monitor, and you can see your teeth in great detail. You no longer have to guess about what your dentist is referring to because it’s right there for you to see.
We can save these images to your digital patient record, which makes them easily accessible to monitor conditions or to send to insurance companies and specialists.
Laser technology is not new and has been used for decades to improve the efficiency and outcomes of medical procedures. Today, we offer our patients the benefits of laser dentistry for soft tissue treatments at our Great Bridge Chesapeake dental office.
Laser dentistry is non-invasive, which means our dentists can perform more efficient procedures that result in minimal bleeding and faster recovery times. Some of the laser dental procedures we offer are:
- Periodontal disease treatment – Eliminates bacteria in the periodontal pockets.
- Cosmetic gum contouring – Recontours and reshapes your gums to eliminate a “gummy smile.”
- Remove oral growths – Comfortably treats cold sores, canker sores, and fever blisters and minimizes the risk of future outbreaks.
- Treat TMJ problems - Stimulates blood flow to the area to provide temporary relief and help loosen and relax muscles.
Computed Tomography (CT) Scanning
A CT scan is a special type of x-ray that is used when a regular x-ray may not be sufficient. Our CT machine allows us to take scans in isolated areas. It also allows us to capture better TMJ images and data to help our patients. These scans can be used to develop 3-D images of your teeth and mouth.