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Artistic Smiles
Angela Gonzalez, D.D.S.

Technology

Nearly every day, we see innovative advances in dental technology, treatments, and materials. At Artistic Smiles, Dr. Angela Gonzalez and our team make it a point to stay current with any updates in dentistry that benefit you.

We invest in your oral health by investing in state-of-the-art technology for our practice to make your dental treatment more comfortable and efficient than ever before. If you avoided dental visits in the past because of an uncomfortable experience, we encourage you to make an appointment to visit us. With our state-of-the-art technology, even patients who are fearful of seeing a dentist have found that their visits with us are faster and more comfortable.

Please take a moment to browse through and learn more about the dental technology we offer at our Nassau Bay, TX dental office. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (281) 316-8900.

Itero Digital Scanner

Taking impressions used to mean biting down on a large metal tray filled with cold impression putty. These impressions were not always accurate, and worse yet, uncomfortable for the patient.

At Artistic Smiles, our digital impressions not only eliminate this step, but also gives us a much more precise representation of your teeth.

The technology produces a virtual map of your teeth, which are used to create 3-D images of your mouth. Digital impressions allow us to provide a highly accurate and detailed model of your teeth, which can be used for treatment planning.

Ultrasonic Scaler

An ultrasonic dental scaler is a type of technology that we use to treat periodontal (gum) disease. It consists of a small wand and a scaling tip that produces ultrasonic vibration. In combination with a stream of water, these small, quick vibrations effectively reduce tartar from your teeth. The quick action of the ultrasonic scaler makes your treatment more comfortable and more efficient.

Digital X-Rays

Many common dental issues begin where they can’t be seen – inside your teeth or below the gum line. When we use digital x-rays to detect these problems in their earliest stages, we can save you the discomfort of a toothache or damage to your gums.

Since the resulting images are digital, we can display them on your chairside monitor, making you part of the treatment planning process. Our dentists can make the image appear larger or smaller or zoom in on details to point out areas of concern. When you understand what the problem is and can see it for yourself, it’s easy to understand why treatment is necessary.

Your safety is our priority, and digital x-rays help protect you because they reduce your exposure to radiation by as much as 80 percent. Digital x-rays also form an important part of your permanent dental history, and they’re easy to access in the future. And since we don’t use hazardous chemicals to process your x-rays, they’re safer for our environment.

Panoramic X-Rays

Digital x-rays are an important diagnostic tool, but sometimes Dr. Gonzalez needs to see a single image of your entire mouth. Panoramic x-rays show a lot more than just your teeth; they also let us see all the structures of your mouth, including your upper and lower jaw.

Panoramic dental x-rays are especially useful when planning dental implant placement, root canals, and orthodontic treatment. Since panoramic x-rays are taken outside the mouth (extraoral), they are a perfect solution for adults and children who can’t tolerate intraoral x-rays.

3-D Cone Beam Imaging (CBCT)

Digital x-rays are essential when planning treatment, but there are cases where a two-dimensional image doesn’t provide us with all the intricate details we need.

Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT or Cone Beam CT) give us a 3-D view of all the structures of your mouth. Cone Beam CT reduces the need for invasive procedures, shortens treatment times, and improves outcomes.

At Artistic Smiles, Dr. Gonzalez uses 3-D cone beam imaging to plan out the placement of dental implants beforehand. CBCT images show her a detailed, three-dimensional view of sinuses, nerves, and areas of low bone density. By planning the precise placement of your dental implant in advance, we ensure that it is placed in the optimal position.

Dr. Gonzalez also uses CBCT to diagnose and plan root canals, tooth extractions, and even help her diagnose sleep apnea.

Intraoral Cameras

We want you always to feel fully informed about what's happening with your oral health so you can make confident decisions about your treatment. We use intraoral cameras because they are a type of dental technology that helps us include you in the diagnostic process.

An intraoral camera is a small digital device that we guide over your teeth to take visual dental exams to the next level. As Dr. Gonzalez moves the camera over your teeth, the images appear in real-time on your chairside monitor, and we can view them together. It's one thing for your dentist to tell you that you have a cavity, and it's quite another for you to see the decayed part of your tooth for yourself. Now, a cavity isn't just a concept in your mind; it's a real thing that you can see with your own eyes. Visualizing the problem makes it much easier for Dr. Gonzalez to explain why you need treatment and how it will benefit you

We can also save still images as an important part of your dental history or to send to specialists or insurance companies as needed.

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