Here at Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates, we are proud to be at the cutting edge of dental technology. From microdentistry to peri-oral and intra-oral cameras, modern technologies help us to better serve our patients. Below are some examples of exciting new technologies we are incorporating into our practice.
High Definition Intraoral Camera
Though it may look like an oversized pen, intraoral cameras are one of our most important tools. With a high-resolution camera, LED lighting and a head that swivels to look into the deepest cracks and crannies, intraoral cameras give us the most detailed picture of your mouth, teeth and gums. And since the images from the camera are displayed real-time on a screen while we work, we can point out any issues we see and discuss them with you right then. We can even print or email these photographs for insurance or personal use.
Our dentists use two types of digital dental radiographs - intraoral (inside) and extraoral (outside) your mouth - to conduct dental examinations. Intraoral radiographs assist our dentists in checking for cavities and monitoring the status of your developing teeth. Besides, our dentists can monitor the health of your teeth and the bone surrounding these teeth using the intraoral rays.
Digital Panoramic X-Ray
Traditional x-rays are often uncomfortable; a piece of plastic placed in your mouth while the technician takes picture after picture on the x-ray machine. In contrast, a panoramic dental x-ray provides a single image of the entire mouth, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the nasal area and sinuses. This flat representation of a curved structure makes it easier for us to analyze the mouth as a whole, and more comfortable for you to boot. Additionally, digital x-rays uses up to 85% less radition as traditional x-rays, provides higher quality imaging, and is also more environmentally friendly!
Lasers act as a cutting instrument, vaporizing the tissue it comes into contact with. They can be used for gum disease, tooth decay, lesion removal, biopsies and even tooth whitening. They cause less pain and anxiety for most patients, minimize bleeding and even help preserve healthy teeth.
Soft Tissue Laser
Soft Tissue Lasers, also called Dental Diode Lasers, are a unique tool for cutting and sculpting oral soft tissue such as the gums, cheek and lips. Capable of creating precise incisions while eliminating bleeding, these tools can help reduce healing time for patients.
3D imaging gives Joshua M. Ignatowicz, DMD, DICOI a more comprehensive overview of your teeth and gum tissues. This allows us to better diagnose any potential problems and determine the next step in an effective treatment plan. We may utilize 3D imaging for cosmetic or restorative purposes, orthodontic treatment, and dental implants.
Cone Beam CT Scan
A cone beam CT scan is a diagnostic tool that produces a 3D representation of your teeth, gums, nerve pathways, and underlying bone structure within a single image. We typically utilize cone beam CT scans when a regular x-ray is not enough. Cone beam CT scans are ideal for surgical planning, the diagnosis of TMJ disorders and tumors, and the evaluation of bone structure and tooth orientation.
Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art 3-D printing technology. This technology is used to create custom surgical guides and clear aligner trays in-house, alleviating the long wait time if a patient loses a tray or if there is an alternation needed to the aligner therapy treatment.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you or someone you love is in need of advanced dental care utilizing cutting edge technology, we here at Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates are here to help. Call 725-257-2220 to find out more, or book an appointment today!
Ridgeway Professional Complex
1070 West Horizon Ridge Pkwy. Suite 121