Technology

Whiteville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is proud of its reputation for treating you with warmth, friendliness, and attention to your unique needs. This combination results in comfortable, stress-free visits. State-of-the-art technology also contributes to your overall oral health by allowing us to provide highly accurate diagnoses and streamlining your treatment. Some of our technology also helps educate our patients.  Being informed is a big step in making the best decisions about your dental care. Today, we are proud to offer state-of-the-art technology in an effort deliver the finest dentistry in eastern North Carolina.


Digital X-Rays

Without dental x-rays, we wouldn’t be able to see decay and periodontal disease that develops deep inside your tooth and under your gums. Digital x-rays not only allow us to detect these problems long before they would be noticeable in a visual exam, but some estimates say they reduce your exposure to radiation by about 70 percent compared to conventional film x-rays.

And if you hate having x-rays taken because you have to hold an uncomfortable plastic clip between your teeth, you’ll be happy to know we use comfortable digital sensors. The sensors are flat with rounded edges so they fit comfortably in your mouth and digitally capture the desired image.

Since we store your x-rays on our secure in-house network, our dentists can easily refer to them for monitoring conditions, and the images can be sent to your insurance company or to specialists as necessary. Digital x-rays are also safer for the environment because there are no hazardous chemicals to dispose of.


3-D Cone Beam Imaging

Digital x-rays produce highly detailed images that allow our dentists to accurately diagnosis and perform the most difficult procedures with greater precision. For the patient, you won’t believe how empowering it is to be able to see a problem rather than just hearing us talk about it!  When you can see for yourself what’s happening inside a tooth, you are better able to make informed, confident decisions about your treatment.

The 3-D images that cone beam technology (CBCT) produces allows us to see your teeth, your dental bone, soft tissue, nerve pathways, and the relationship between your upper and lower jaw. We commonly use CBCT for implant placement, but the information they provide also allow us to plan root canals and extractions for the best results. This feature has proven to be a solid technological innovation that provides a great benefit to those imaging younger patients or, for that matter, in any situation where movement might be an issue.

Our patients benefit not only from the Planmeca Ultra Low Dose™ technology but also from a reduction in the number of retakes and movement artifacts. This technology along with superior image quality as a result of this feature gives our patients added confidence when it comes to complex cases.


Intraoral Cameras

One of the biggest mysteries in dentistry is what the dentist sees when they examine your mouth. How can you make informed decisions when you can’t even see the problem?

We solve the mystery by using intraoral cameras that let you see what we see during an exam. The small camera is about the size of a pen and illuminates the inside of your mouth as it sends real-time images to your chairside monitor. Now you can see for yourself how decay or gum disease is impacting your teeth and better understand why treatment is necessary.

We can print out the images and save them in your patient record for future reference and to send to specialists and insurance companies.