Like any other field, dentistry is making advances all the time. In order to offer our patients the best possible standard of care, Dr. Andrew Cobb incorporates state-of-the-art technology for minimally invasive dentistry that is comfortable, effective, and affordable.
Digital imaging is more comfortable for patients and more convenient for dentists than traditional imaging. By combining digital images with specialized software, we can simulate many aspects of your treatment for more precision and better results. For dentists, these computer files are easy to store and recall, and can be sent to specialists without fuss.
Digital x-rays work like any other x-rays to capture images of the hard tissues in your mouth. They are easier to manipulate than traditional x-rays: the images can be enlarged so that Dr. Cobb can see every part of your mouth in detail without additional images. They are also more eco-friendly – no need for development chemicals or extra storage space.
The IntraOral Camera is a tiny video camera on the end of a probe that can be used to see the inside of a patient’s mouth without discomfort. The images are magnified and displayed for both Dr. Cobb and the patient to view and discuss.
For many patients, impressions are one of their least favorite parts of a dental visit. Digital impressions use lasers and optical scanning to create a 3-D digital model of your teeth and gums. Using the Lava™ Chair-side Oral Scanner Dr. Cobb can create a digital impression of your mouth with no mess or discomfort and in only five minutes.
The T-Scan III is a device for measuring bite. Unlike occlusal paper, the traditional method of bite analysis, the T-Scan III measures your bite as it changes over a short period of time, from initial contact to release. With no more effort than biting down on a thin sensor, the computer makes a model of your bite that Dr. Cobb can use to develop a treatment plan. This device is often used in TMJ diagnosis and treatment.
Joint Vibration Analysis
Joint Vibration Analysis, or JVA, is another technology that is useful in diagnosing TMJ and bite disorders. Teeth that fit together poorly create friction and vibrations that the JVA device can detect and instantly interpret. This is a comfortable, non-invasive diagnostic tool that uses tiny electrodes to detect vibration in the jaw.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are curious about these or any other of our diagnosis or treatment options, we would be happy to answer your questions. To schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Andrew C. Cobb online or at (202) 455-0901.