The ProMax X-ray unit provides a wide range of extraoral (outside of the mouth) x-ray possibilities:
Intraoral x-rays can be an uncomfortable and invasive experience. These x-rays are taken by having patients bite down awkwardly onto a hard and bulky sensor. For gaggers and patients with small mouths, such as children, this new type of x-ray is a dream come true. At our office, we want to give our patients the most comfortable experience. With this new technology, digital x-rays are easier to take, quicker and use far less radiation than traditional x-rays require (up to 90% less radiation). (http://www.planmeca.com/na/Imaging/2D-panoramic-imaging/Planmeca-ProMax-2D-S3/)
When intraoaral (inside of the mouth) x-rays need to be taken we are pleased to offer in our office the latest technology available in X-ray technology. Schick Technologies, Inc. has developed Computerized Dental Radiography (CDR) which allows us to take fantastic computerized X-rays of your mouth with 90% less radiation! This allows us to take safer, better, faster & smarter x-rays to better diagnose and find potential problems before they develop into costly and painful dental emergencies.
Benefits of digital X-rays:
- Environmentally friendly
- No more film or chemicals
- Instant images
- More chairside time
- Reduced exposure to radiation
- Less waiting time
- The patient can be involved in the diagnosis
- You the patient can better understand treatment
DIAGNOdent is a reliable tool to aid in the detection of caries lesions with over a 90% accuracy rate. Even very small lesions are detected at the earliest stage, enabling you to protect and preserve the tooth substance. The DIAGNOdent operates at a wavelength of 655 nm. At this specific wavelength, clean healthy tooth structure exhibits little or no fluorescence, resulting in very low scale readings on the display. However, carious tooth structure will exhibit fluorescence, proportionate to the degree of caries, resulting in elevated scale readings on the display of the DIAGNOdent (http://www.kavousa.com/US/DIAGNOdent/Classic/Operation.aspx) .
To better communicate with our labs and other specialists we routinely use digital photography. Using the Canon Rebel EOS digital camera we can take photos of a particular case, download them to the computer and email them instantly. This greatly improves communication especially when the patient may need a consultation with the specialist.
Biolase - Waterlase MD
The Waterlase MD uses a patented technology combining YSGG laser energy and a spray of water, a process called HydroPhotonics™, to perform a wide range of dental procedures on teeth, gum and bone more comfortably. Typically, Waterlase Dentists use fewer shots and less anesthesia reducing patient anxiety and providing a more relaxing dental experience. Since using the Waterlase MD in September 2007, Dr. Bartholomew rarely uses anesthetic on his children patients. Children as young as 2 1/2 years old only need to be numb about 5% of the time. That means that 95% of the time no anesthetic is used. Parents (and kids) love it because they can come in before going to school, get a filling done and mom doesn't have to worry about sending junior to school with a numb lip. Most kids say they feel a tingling sensation but no pain. Many of his adult patients have experienced the Waterlase too and love not hearing the sound of the drill. Dr. Bartholomew is the only licensed dentist in Mansfield and all of Richland County to use the Waterlase MD. He is an associate fellow with the World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI) and is working on full fellowship statis with WCLI. (http://waterlase.com/videos.html)
Oral Cancer Screening with Oral CDx
Oral cancer screening is a routine part of a dental examination. Regular check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions.
Dr. Bartholomew will carefully examine the tongue and inside of your mouth to look for any white or red spots or small sores. If he notices a spot or sore that looks harmless but does not have a clear cause, he may choose to perform a simple test, called a brush biopsy (www.oralcdx.com).
The Importance of Early Detection
It is now easier than ever to detect oral cancer early, when the opportunity for a cure is greatest. Only half of all patients diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years.
Atlas mini implants used in conjunction with Denture Comfort
Denture Comfort™ is a proven, industry standard procedure that works with either new or current dentures. The process is simple: Your dentist will install four to six ultra-narrow titanium Atlas™ implants. Then your denture is lined with a soft, elastic silicone base, which both grips the short protruding tips of the Atlas™ implants, and provides a soft cushion against your gums. The entire procedure lasts about 1 -1 1/2 hours under local anesthesia and—unlike traditional implants—doesn't require cutting of gum tissue or stitches. Click on the following link to view a brief video: ( http://www.denturecomfort.com/wp-content/how/assets/howitworks.swf ) As a result, Denture Comfort costs far less than competing implant methods which often require surgery and have a far greater healing time. In fact, by the time you leave your dentist's office, your dentures will fit comfortably, and you'll find there's little reason to take them out at all-even when sleeping! (www.denturecomfort.com). Like the Waterlase MD, specialized training is needed and Dr. Bartholomew is the only dentist in all of Richland County to be accredited to use the Atlas implant system.