Advanced Dental Technology
At the Arlington dentistry practice of James T. Gray, DDS, we complete hours of continuing education each year in order to learn to effectively incorporate all the latest dental techniques and technologies. When we choose to utilize a new technology, we select those tools, materials, and treatment techniques that will allow us to make treatment more comfortable, effective, and convenient for our patients. Contact our team if you’d like to find out more or schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Arlington, Fort Worth, and other nearby communities.
Our team uses smile images captured by the Dexcam intraoral camera to help patients fully understand concerns with their oral health and possible treatment options. The camera itself is about the size of pen. We can insert the camera into patients’ mouths and take photos of current restorations, damaged areas, discoloration, and more. Dr. Gray examines the images with the patients, discussing possible treatment options, answering questions, and making recommendations to help the patient improve at-home care.
Radiography, x-rays, give us the ability to see those parts of the teeth and bone that are not immediately visible. Traditional x-rays were time consuming to capture, process, and transfer, and the images they produced weren’t always very clear. Digital x-rays offer us higher definition images of the underlying smile structures more quickly and comfortably using less radiation. Best of all, digital x-rays reduce overall treatment time as we can instantly transfer the information to dental labs, specialist’s offices, and insurance providers.
Soft Tissue Laser
We use a state-of-the-art soft 810 nm and 970 nm soft tissue laser to make gum recontouring and periodontal therapy more comfortable and precise and significantly reduce healing time. 810 nm lasers allow us to remove damaged tissue with less discomfort. We use our 970 nm laser during periodontal therapy to decontaminate the treatment site, reducing the risk for reinfection. Patients who receive treatment with a soft tissue laser typically make a complete recovery within just a few days.
Cavity Detection System
We utilize the Carivu early cavity detection system in our practice to diagnose cavities in their earliest stages, and improve our ability to precisely pin point the exact location and severity of the cavity. If we notice an area on the digital x-ray that seems to indicate a cavity, we can use the Carivu system to make the tooth appear transparent. Healthy tooth structure will look white like tooth structure on an x-ray, and the cavities will be darker areas. This system provides a tool that allows for more precise treatment planning.