Gene Flanagan DDS | Dentist Arlington Tx | Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
There has been significant advancement in dentistry in recent years, and keeping abreast with technology is one of Dr. Flanagan’s passions. In addition to the care, skill and knowledge needed to produce world-class dentistry, having the latest in technological instruments is a necessity. It is our commitment to provide the latest in technological advancements for our patients.
Thanks to new digital technology, we are now able to take x-rays with up to 90% less radiation from the older conventional equipment. This new technology generates images that are diagnostically superior to x-ray film. Environmentally safe, digital x-rays require no developing solutions, fixers, cleansers, or x-ray mounts. More can be learned about our CDR DICOM imaging system at www.schicktech.com.
One of our most important dental instruments has become the digital camera. In addition to intraoral digital photography with our Schick USB CAM2 (www.schicktech.com), our office utilizes the Canon Rebel XTi which boasts a 10.5 megapixel CMOS image sensor that captures images with edge-to-edge sharpness and incredible color at 3,888 x 2,592 pixels, yielding extraordinarily high-resolution images. The camera images are used for diagnosis, patient communication, treatment planning, treatment confirmation, shade matcing, imaging and lecture purposes.
One of our newest and most exciting technologies is the T-Scan Computer Guided Occlusion (Bite) Analysis System. This powerful diagnostic instrument allows Dr. Flanagan to accurately measure occlusal timing, force and balance of a patient’s bite.
For many years, adjusting a patient’s bite has been largely a matter of guesswork for dentists. Articulating paper, waxes, pressure indicating paste, etc., were all the dentist had to assess and balance the forces of occlusion. Most of these methods are not sensitive enough to detect simultaneous contact (on both sides of the mouth at the same time), and none measure both biting time and force. T-Scan computer guided occlusion has met this challenge, and we are now able to effectively reduce the risk of:
•Implant failure •Traumatized teeth •Severe gum recession •Tooth notching •TMJ (jaw joint) discomfort •Unstable splints (bite/night guards) •Porcelain failure •Fractured Teeth The heart of T-Scan technology is a disposable, extremely thin, flexible sensor. By biting and chewing against the sensor, a three dimensional view of your bite is displayed on our computer screen. We can then easily adjust the bite and check our work with the sensor. The process is repeated until the biting forces are balanced. More can be learned about T-Scan at www.tekscan.com
TMJ Analysis with Doppler/Transcranial Imaging
The TMJ Doppler is an instrument which provides rapid, accurate screening technology specifically for the detection of Temporomandibular Joint (“jaw joint”) disorders. When there is a patient history of jaw joint sounds (popping, clicking or grating noise), unexplained discomfort in the jaw joint region(s) or when any pathologic or structural changes are suspected, we use Transcranial x-ray imaging with the DENAR Accurad 200 Transcranial System for convenient evaluation of the TM Joints.
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW