At Richards & Ribitch Dentistry, patients are treated and cared for with the help of the latest advancements in dental technology. As a modern, detail-oriented practice, the latest in diagnostic tools allows us to provide quality health care that is efficient, accurate and comprehensive.
Learn about the diagnostic technologies that we use and how they improve the quality of the dental care that we provide.
The T-Scan is a computerized diagnostic device that helps us identify bite issues by recording how your teeth touch. A proper bite means that all teeth should touch. When only a few teeth touch, these teeth absorb the full biting force, which can lead to damage of these teeth. We can make very small adjustments to your teeth so that they fit together correctly, dispersing the full biting force. With the T-Scan we can easily analyze your bite and quickly see what needs to be done by having you bite down on the sensor while the computer analyzes the data in vivid, full-color 3D or 2D graphics.
You can see your bite on the screen and understand exactly what needs to happen to correct it. Our patients are often surprised by how much better their bite can be with just a few adjustments.
Because T-Scan can identify damaging occlusal forces, it is a valuable tool that can be used in many applications such as orthodontics, the identification of painful teeth, fixed, removable and implant prosthetics, and occlusal equilibration. By providing digital images that show the impact of occlusal forces on the patient’s teeth, the T-Scan is also an ideal tool for patient education.
Traditionally, dentists needed to make impressions of their patients’ teeth using messy impression material. But with the iTero scanner, we can take a digital impression that’s wirelessly transmitted to the computer -- it’s easier on the patient, and it provides even more effective results.
The iTero scanner captures highly-detailed images of the whole tooth, which makes it ideal for dental restorations, appliances, and Invisalign.
The technology allows us to show our patients a high-impact visualization of the finished product -- and the precise digital images reduce the chance of needing to remake a crown or bridge to less than 0.5% -- that’s a 99.5% success rate!
Intraoral Cameras are tiny, lightweight cameras that show patients high-qualitiy images of the insides of their mouth during treatment.
An ideal tool for patient education, patients are able to see for themselves the areas of the mouth that require treatment.
Also known as dental radiographs, digital X-rays are used to find hidden dental structures, malignant or benign tumors, tooth decay, periodontal disease and bone loss. Such X-rays give a comprehensive view of a patient’s mouth and are a vital tool for oral cancer screenings, as well as comprehensive oral examinations.
Because such X-rays use sensors instead of traditional photographic film, there is LESS RADIATION and the images are able to be transferred digitally. The images are immediately available for evaluation, thus cutting down the time spent during dental examinations.
A panoramic X-ray (also known as a panoramic radiograph) is a digital image of a patient’s upper and lower rows of teeth and jaws. They are used by dentists for the detection of impacted wisdom teeth and their effect on the jaws, the source of dental pain, temporomandibular joint abnormalities and cysts, as well as bone loss in periodontal areas of the teeth. They are also used to help dentists make the best decision as to where to place dental implants.
Apart from helping dentists detect abnormalities and dysfunctions that are normally hidden, panoramic images provide a wide coverage of a patient’s facial bones, teeth and the structures that support them. Developing the image also takes a short time, thus cutting down the amount of time a patient is required to remain in the dental chair.
Used mainly for orthodontic treatments and for the diagnosis of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, cephalometric X-rays provide a radiograph of the side view of a patient’s head. After the X-ray is developed, the dentist will analyze the image in order to assess how the patient's jaw and skull may contribute to their orthodontic treatment.
A non-invasive caries detection aid, the Spectra Laser is a diagnostic tool that helps dentists identify dental caries without the need for unnecessarily poking through a patient’s mouth to look for them. The Spectra laser provides images that are easy for both the patients and dentists to read. Patients can then see for themselves the problems that affect their own teeth, and understand need for early intervention.
Our diagnostic tools do not only assist Dr. Richards and Dr. Ribitch in the detection of dental problems or dysfunctions; they help patients too. By providing information that patients can intuitively understand, patients can become part of the diagnostic process as well.