Traditional dental x-rays require the use of film, developing, and wasted time. Our digital x-rays allow us to immediately see a patient’s teeth on a computer monitor through the use of electronic sensors.
Digital x-rays use 90% less radiation than conventional x-rays and there are a number of additional benefits: the patient can view the x-rays along with Dr. Udouj, and the picture can be adjusted and enlarged for a more accurate diagnosis.
Soft Tissue Laser
There are many benefits to laser rather than conventional surgery. For gum recontouring, as well as periodontal therapy, we use a soft tissue laser.
This technology means no stitches, very little bleeding, swelling, or discomfort, and an exceptionally high level of precision for each patient’s procedure. And recovery time is minimal, getting our patients back to their busy lives as soon as possible.
This technology primarily helps us treat cases of TMD. A TENS unit (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation) is a device that emits ultra-low-frequency electrical pulses through strategically placed electrodes. These pulses help to relax the facial muscles so that we can assess the optimal position of the patient’s jaw; we are then able to use these measurements to develop an orthotic for continued treatment of the TMD.
K7 Computer Jaw Tracking
Another important device used in treating TMD is the K7. This technology, using computerized mandibular scanning, tracks the movement of a patient’s jaw-the way it opens and closes in its full range of motion.
This gives Dr. Udouj important information to help him determine with better accuracy where your optimal jaw position is.
The Watch-PAT200 provides a new screening, diagnostic, treatment assessment and patient follow-up possibilities in the medical management of sleep-related breathing disorders.
Electromyography (EMG) is similar to an EKG for heart monitoring; however, it monitors muscle activity and stress. Using EMG, Dr. Udouj can further monitor a patient’s facial muscles during the act of chewing.
This means a complete analysis of TMD and of the patient’s bite after restorative procedures; the more optimal the bite, the longer these restorations will last.
Sonograms are used in all areas of medicine, but in dentistry, they are important in measuring and evaluating the sound made by the temporomandibular joint (jaw). It can track the popping and clicking that TMD sufferers often experience. By analyzing these measurements during and after treatment, Dr. Udouj is able to monitor the progression of the patient’s recovery-the less sound, the better.
The intraoral camera allows a patient to see inside his or her mouth. A pen-sized, sterile camera can be moved around inside the mouth, while the image is displayed on a video monitor. Images can then be captured and stored in the patient’s file.
This device allows a patient to see the surface issues occurring, and not just the internal problems seen on an x-ray.