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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Digital Dentistry

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Patient education is an essential part of the services we provide at Bethlehem Town Family Dental. When you understand the impact that your oral health can have on your life, you’re more likely to be proactive about dental care. 

Nobody expects you to know everything about dentistry, which is why we’re available to answer all your questions. The more information you have, the better prepared you are to make important decisions when the time comes.  All the answers below are written by our team instead of some template that is used by hundreds of other dental offices.  

Digital Dentistry

Dental Technology | Gelnmont, NYAt Bethlehem Town Family Dental, we’re proud to offer modern, state-of-the-art dental technology for our patients. Read on to learn more about all of our different offerings and how they benefit you. For a complete list of our technological features, please visit our technology page.

State-Of-The-Art Sterilization Center

Located right at the center of our office, our sterilization center ensures transparency of our sterilization protocols.  You can see exactly how we clean and sterilized our instruments as you walk through the office, we have nothing to hide!

Intra-oral Cameras 

Located in every treatment room,  intraoral cameras are used to take pictures of your teeth so we can show you the issues we see.  Pictures are worth a thousand words!

Ceiling-Mounted TVs and Plush Leather Dental Chairs

Located in every treatment room.  They are used for your entertainment and comfort while you lean back on the dental chair.  Time passes by faster when you are entertained and relaxed.

Nitrous Oxide Gas

Located in two of our treatment rooms nitrous oxide gas, also known as laughing gas is used for your relaxation.  It's often used for kids and for adults that requires an extra layer of comfort.  

Newest Composite (Tooth-Colored) Filling

These tooth-colored, natural-looking fillings are used for every filling we place in our patients.  We do NOT carry amalgam, or silver filling, in this office.

Dental-Vibe

These are used on our pediatric patients and anxious patients to lessen the initial "poke" of injections.  The vibration from this device distracts the nerve endings around the injection site to ease the sensation of injection.  

Intra-oral caries detection camera

Located and used in our hygiene rooms, these cameras are able to detect the presence of bacteria inside the grooves of your teeth from the latest fluorescence technology.  When the grooves of your teeth have discolorations that resemble decay, or cavity, we use the camera to help us determine if it's decay or stain.

Portable Digital X-Ray

Our portable digital x-ray is used to take x-rays inside our treatment rooms so you don't have to get up and move to x-ray rooms in the middle of a procedure.  This is very convenient for procedures like root canal therapies. Digital x-rays in general also offers 60% less radiation than conventional film x-rays.

Intra-oral Scanner

This high-tech scanner is used to accurately scan teeth for fabrication of dental products such as crowns, bridges, and implants .  The scanner replaces traditional impressions to achieve faster processing speed from dental laboratories, better accuracy of dental products, and more comfortable visits.

Electric Handpieces with Fiber-Optic Illumination

These modern tools are used throughout our office to enhance our cutting capabilities when drilling teeth.  The electric handpieces cut faster, make less noise, and work smoother to enhance our work efficiency and your comfort.  

Velscope

Velscope is used routinely in our office at recare visits to screen for oral cancer.  It utilizes fluorescent reflection of oral soft tissue to check for initial stages of oral cancer.  

Iso-dry Isolation System

This mouthpiece is used on almost every procedure we do in the office.  The mouthpiece provides isolation by helping you stay open, suctioning out water, and gently pushing away the cheek and tongue.  This disposable device ensures our dental work are done efficiently and effectively.

Soft tissue laser

This laser is used in special occasions to relieve extra gum tissue away from our work area, such as a crown preparation.  Laser allows immediate cauterization and disinfection of cut gum tissue to enhance recovery time and reduce inflammation.


 

dentist glenmont ny X-Rays Detect Many Things

Dental X-rays are needed to detect dental decay (cavities), bone level, pathology, infections and status of existing dental work.  At Bethlehem Town Family Dental, we have a system in place to determine what type and number of x-rays you may need at each recall appointment.  The system takes into account your risk for dental decay, periodontal disease, and other abnormalities and assigns a frequency for x-rays.  For example, if you are high risk for cavities, it means your chance of having a new cavity within 6 months is considerably high so we take a few x-rays every 6 months to screen for new cavities.  

New Patient Procedure

For new patients, we will determine the type and number of x-rays you need based on your current dental condition.  We do not just automatically take every single possible x-ray on every patient.  We follow the rule of A.L.A.R.A. (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) on radiation exposure very seriously.  

Your Safety is Our Concern

Rest assured, every x-ray taken in our office has a reason behind it and please feel free to ask us why.  Digital X-rays have come a long way and has truly minimized the amount of radiation used.  Please visit our "Digital X-rays" page to learn more.

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