At the dental office of Byron L. Carr, DMD, your oral health, safety, and comfort are of utmost importance, and we strive to make your time with us pleasant and comfortable. We do this by investing in dental technology that helps improve your overall experience with us.
As a dental team, we are committed to staying on the leading edge of dentistry through continuing education and use of the latest and best treatment modalities, materials, sterilization techniques, and technology.
Please take a few minutes to review the latest technology we currently offer. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at one of our two convenient locations.
Dental exams with intraoral cameras go hand-in-hand with dental x-rays that help us detect problems and keep you informed about your oral health. They allow Dr. Carr to get a highly detailed view of the outside of your teeth and gums and share the images with you. He uses a small handheld digital camera that lights up the inside of your mouth. As he moves it around your mouth, you can see the real-time images on your chairside monitor.
The benefit of an intraoral camera is that it gives you a front-row seat at your dental exam, and you can see exactly what your dentist sees. Together you and Dr. Carr explore different areas of your mouth as he points out conditions like cavities and gum disease. It’s one thing to be told you need treatment, but seeing it with your own eyes and understanding the problem empowers you to make confident decisions about your oral health.
Since we can store still images of your exam, they become a valuable part of your dental history, and we can access them easily in the future as needed.
Traditional dental x-rays are invaluable, but they only show us a part of your mouth at one time. In some cases, Dr. Carr may recommend a panoramic x-ray instead so that he can see your entire mouth in a single x-ray.
Working similarly to the panoramic images you take on your phone, panoramic images give us a single continuous image and a broad view of your mouth, including teeth and jaws, sinuses, and TMJ (temporomandibular joints). These details are invaluable when planning orthodontic treatment, impacted wisdom teeth removal, TMJ treatment, and dentures placement.
3-D Cone Beam Computed Technology (CBCT)
With advances in technology, modern dentistry allows us to go a step ahead of traditional two-dimensional x-rays. While digital x-rays and panoramic images give us part of the picture, there are cases where it’s beneficial to all the structures of your mouth in highly detailed 3-D images.
Using state-of-the-art cone beam technology (CBCT), we can obtain 3-D images that provide a 360-degree x-ray of your mouth and head. CBCT sees through tissue to view teeth, gumline, and sinuses. Dr. Carr uses CBCT to measure and evaluate the thickness of bones and their orientation to other structures. With cone beam technology, we can plan treatment that is more accurate than ever before; dental implants can be placed with greater precision, TMJ problems can be diagnosed, and we can evaluate the bite for orthodontic treatment.
We use digital x-rays in dentistry because they give us valuable details about your oral health. Visual exams tell what’s happening outside your teeth and gums; dental x-rays complete the picture by showing Dr. Carr what’s happening inside your teeth and under your gums.
Dr. Carr has chosen digital x-rays for his Hemet and Temecula patients because they offer so many benefits. The most important benefit to our patients is that digital x-rays keep you safe by producing about 80 percent less radiation. The high-quality images they produce allow our dentist to diagnose problems with a high degree of accuracy and plan individualized treatment for each patient's specific needs.
We can also share digital x-rays with you on your chairside monitor. Dr. Carr can point out problem areas and enlarge or rotate the image to get the best view. When you can see a problem with your own eyes, you can better understand why we recommend treatment.
Digital x-rays are stored securely in your patient records to build your patient history, so we can easily retrieve them if necessary.
We are always on the lookout for dental technology that improves your experience and makes your treatment more efficient. Electric handpieces that we use to remove decay and perform many other procedures help eliminate many anxiety triggers that patients face at the dental office.
In the past, dentists used air-driven handpieces that made a high-pitched whining sound and produced sensations that made patients fearful about what was to come next. Today, we eliminate both for a much more comfortable and less stressful dental appointment using state-of-the-art electric handpieces.
We commonly use handpieces to remove decay, polish fillings, and perform cosmetic dentistry.
Nitrous Oxide and Sedation Dentistry
We want your experience with us to be as stress-free as possible, and we make your comfort a priority. While a caring, compassionate dental team goes a long way toward helping you relax, some patients require a little more help.
Dr. Carr is a certified sedation dentist who offers nitrous oxide and sedation dentistry to soothe any anxious feelings you have. If you have dental anxiety or just want the most relaxing experience possible, we offer several options to help you.
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas produces pleasant and relaxing sensations during your dental appointment. The effects take hold quickly and dissipate just as quickly when we stop administering the gas, so you can drive yourself home from your appointment.
Oral sedation involves taking prescription medication before your appointment, so you arrive at our dental office feeling very relaxed. You will feel calm and drowsy during your appointment, and these effects remain for several hours, so you will need someone to drive you home.
IV (intravenous) sedation is stronger and will put you into a semi-conscious state so we can still communicate with you. You will remember being at the dentist, but you won’t remember much, if anything, about the details. IV sedation is perfect if you have several procedures planned for one appointment.
General anesthesia will put you to sleep, and you won’t remember anything afterward. Our anesthesia specialist is trained and licensed to deliver safe general anesthesia in our comfortable Hemet and Temecula dental offices.