8615 NE Hazel Dell Avenue,
Vancouver, WA 98665
- You see what we see with
- Interactive Diagnosis
More people than ever are very interested in achieving optimum
health. High tech video scopes help our patients recognize dental
conditions and make better decisions. Electronic patient records
capture more diagnostic details and make it easier to share them
with our patients.
Video Scopes show the "Big Picture"
I remember going to a dentist as a child, hoping he
wouldnt find anything as he picked through my teeth talking
jargon to his assistant. He said I had cavities now and then, but
I never saw one, and most of what the dentist did was somewhat
mysterious to me. Part of my personal mission is to offer a
pleasant, enlightened dental experience in a personal way. Video
scopes can be used with x-rays and in the mouth to demonstrate
nearly any dental condition easily.
Dentists often use magnifying glasses and special lighting to
study x-rays. Now we use a powerful video camera with a
magnifying lens to display x-rays on video monitors during your
exam. You can actually see the grains of the emulsion on the
surface of the x-ray! Changing the amount of magnification and
light admitted through the iris helps to clarify subtle details.
Features of interest include existing dental restorations, decay
or gum disease, and anatomy of the teeth and jaws. Patients are
often interested to see how deep an area of decay is, and exactly
where it is so effort to brush and floss can be focused where it
is needed most.
We also have a video scope that is used inside the mouth with
an infection control baggie to explore teeth, gums, and other
oral features. This is useful for displaying broken teeth, focal
areas of gum disease, corroded or worn edges of fillings, and
many other conditions. I wish my childhood dentist could have
shown me the funny bumps on the back of my upper canines that I
sometimes worried about - the bumps were normal anatomy, and I
was sure something was wrong!
We use computers to build electronic patient records, complete
with tooth charts, pictures from our video scope, digital x-rays,
and more. We print treatment plans that include diagnostic
details related to each procedure in the plan.