At Friddle Dentistry, we implore only the best and most up-to-date dental technology, allowing our dentists and staff to provide the absolute highest quality of care for our patients.
Identafi® to Screen for Oral Cancer
The advanced Identafi® device allows us to screen for early signs of oral cancer. Using a special handheld tool, the doctor will shine white, amber, and violet light on the soft oral tissues. With the help of special Identafi® eyewear, we can spot abnormal reflective patterns that may indicate the presence of oral cancer. By identifying this disease in its earliest phases, patients have a much better prognosis.
DIAGNOdent® to Spot Signs of Decay
With DIAGNOdent®, our dentists use a special laser to measure the fluorescence of individual teeth. Using a healthy tooth as a point of reference, this advanced technology allows us to identify decay before it can cause extensive damage or pain. When tooth decay is spotted at an early stage, we can often remove it and restore the tooth with a basic dental filling, helping patients avoid more costly and extensive treatments.
X-rays remain one of the most basic and valuable diagnostic tools available to dentists. We use digital x-rays to identify small cracks, damage to the dental roots, or signs of decay. When compared to traditional film types, digital x-rays offer several advantages. Digital x-rays provide a clearer image than film, they can be developed instantly, and they can be magnified to a greater degree. Additionally, digital x-rays are safer since they minimize a patient’s exposure to radiation.
While traditional x-rays allow the dentist to view your smile in two dimensions, panoramic x-rays provide a 3D view of your entire dental arch and jaw. Using panoramic x-rays, Dr. Carl and Cody Friddle can better identify tooth misalignment, damage to the jaw joints, tissue inflammation, and other oral health concerns. For adolescent patients, we can also use panoramic x-rays to monitor the development of wisdom teeth.
We use intraoral photography to detect the earliest signs of dental damage. Using a tiny handheld camera, we can take close-up pictures of your teeth and project the images onto a chairside computer. These detailed intraoral photographs will allow the doctor to identify tiny cracks, surface decay, and other concerns that might otherwise go undiagnosed.
K7 Evaluation System
The K7 Evaluation system is an advanced diagnostic tool in neuromuscular dentistry that allows us to examine the jaw in great detail. Using several electrodes, the doctor can identify areas that are receiving the most force during biting and jaw movement. By spotting the areas where teeth are experiencing excessive pressure, we can create a custom orthotic to help reduce jaw pain, alleviate headaches, and bring relief to a range of symptoms related to TMJ disorder.
TENS Unit for TMJ Symptoms
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a treatment designed to bring relief to patients suffering from TMJ disorder. During TENS treatment, your dentist will place electrodes over your jaw and neck muscles. An ultralow frequency electric shock will stimulate blood flow in these muscles, reducing tension and inflammation in the surrounding areas. In many cases, we will use a TENS unit and the K7 evaluation system to provide the most effective neuromuscular care.
Take-home Sleep Study
Sleep apnea can affect your quality of life and increase your risk of serious health issues. A take-home sleep study will allow us to measure your airflow, oxygen saturation, and heart rate to perform an accurate diagnosis. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common form of the condition, occurs when the soft palate or tongue block airways, interrupting sleep repeatedly throughout the night. When a patient is suffering from OSA, we can often help them find relief from symptoms with a basic oral splint.
If you care to learn more about the technologies we use, or want to schedule an appointment, please reach out to us!