Our Dental Technology in Albany, NY

The Importance of Dental Technology

Technology has improved our lives in great ways, including in the dental industry. Advancements in dental technology have made oral health treatments easier for both dentists and patients. That’s why, at Western Dental Care, we utilize state-of-the-art equipment combined with advanced techniques to ensure that our patients receive the best treatment possible.

Learn more about the dental technology Dr. Thomas uses by reading our informational guide below.

A dentist evaluating a patient's x-rays.

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays are quickly becoming the dental industry standard. X-rays help our dental team detect issues that aren’t visible to the human eye. Our digital x-rays are put into an imaging program and are available immediately. This technology allows Dr. Thomas to take a close look at the teeth and surrounding structures with high accuracy.

Your dental appointments are improved with digital x-rays as they are faster, safer, and more comfortable. Best of all, they significantly reduce the amount of radiation you’re exposed to, so you can rest assured knowing that your long-term health is protected.

Intraoral Camera

During your regular dental appointments, Dr. Thomas will often use an intraoral camera to get a better picture of certain areas and structures of your mouth. Intraoral cameras are small, pen-shaped objects with cameras on the ends that easily fit into your mouth. This device gives us the ability to view the entire mouth on a monitor, so we’ll get a more precise look at any potential issues that may arise.

A patient getting her teeth examined.
A drill going into a tooth - virtual image.

Rotary Endodontics

More commonly known as a root canal, endodontics is a procedure we use when the roots or nerves of a tooth need to be removed. Patients often need this because of a severe oral infection. Rotary endodontics is a way of performing the root canal with a specialized electrical handpiece. This tool speeds up the root canal process and makes it easier for Dr. Thomas to perform the procedure.

Electric Handpieces

There are two types of handpieces: air-driven and electric. Electric handpieces are much stronger than air-driven ones because they’re powered by motors instead of air. This allows Dr. Thomas to remove decay at a much faster rate, cutting down on the procedure time and benefiting both doctor and patient.

Dental tool.

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