While CT (computed tomography) imaging has been used in the medical field for over 30 years, it is becoming the new diagnostic tool of choice for orthodontic analysis, diagnosis and treatment planning. It’s growing popularity is due to the latest advancements in diagnostic technology, such as the revolutionary cone beam 3-D imaging.
This three-dimensional CT technology can provide a quicker full scan of the head than traditional two-dimensional imaging. So it allows Dr. Calkins a better visualization of the hard and soft tissues of the craniofacial structures from several perspectives.
In addition to the advantages of traditional CT scans, cone beam imaging releases up to 90% less radiation than traditional X-ray machines. So it enhances safety while providing crisp, clear images for more efficient diagnostic analysis and treatment.
This cutting-edge technique is one of the ways Dr. Calkins ensures that you’re receiving the quality care you deserve.
Auscultation is the term for when a doctor listens to the internal sounds of the body using a stethoscope. With Doppler Auscultation, Dr. Calkins uses a Doppler (a hand-held device similar to an ultrasound) to listen to the sounds in the jaw joints. This non-invasive device helps Dr. Calkins in the detection, analysis and evaluation of possible TMJ issues
Digital impression systems are a cutting-edge technology that allows dentists to create a virtual, computer-generated replica of the hard and soft tissues in the mouth using lasers and other optical scanning devices.
The digital technology captures clear and highly accurate impression data in mere minutes, without the need for traditional impression materials, which some patients find uncomfortable.
Many patients find digital impressions an easier and more comfortable procedure. The impression information is transferred to a computer and is used to create restorations, often without the need for stone models.
This breakthrough software allows Dr. Calkins to analyze your anatomy with superior visualizations, which assist her in determining your diagnose and treatment plan. Dolphin 3D technology captures detailed images of your mouth, and helps Dr. Calkins keep you informed about your progress.
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