Getting to the root of the problem: innovative cavity diagnostics and treatment in HD resolution
Your dentists Dr. Pink & Dr. Wolferstaetter are once again leading the way in innovative dentistry. The VistaCam iX multi-head camera system with HD resolution makes bacteria visible in the tooth’s enamel. With fluorescent light and infrared, cavity damage can be spotted early on without the need of an x-ray. This new intraoral camera can also be used in root canal treatment. The patient has a live view of the treatment progress on the screen.
Cavity diagnostics with state-of-the art technology
Dr. Pink & Dr. Wolferstaetter’s dental practice uses a camera system that helps diagnose cavities at an early stage, making it possible to commence treatment early on. The new intraoral camera has two interchangeable heads which perform different functions.
The proof head is fitted with a fluorescent light, which makes plaque and cavities on the chewing surface visible without colouring agents. The dentist and patient see the carious zones as colourful patches on the monitor. A particular advantage of the camera is that it can also measure cavity depth providing a numerical value. This information allows the tooth to be treated accordingly and a suitable, customised prosthesis planned.
The proxi head enables an early, non-invasive diagnosis of cavities in the interdental areas i.e. in the gaps between the teeth, using infrared technology and without the need for x-rays. This information is particularly important for adult patients as cavities generally form in the spaces between the teeth and not on the chewing surfaces.
The new vistacam has further advantages. Once Dr. Wolferstaetter has detected cavities, HD images can be taken at the touch of a button and saved digitally. The images are used in the consultation with the patient and retained in the patient’s medical documentation. All this without x-ray radiation!
Cavities & root canal treatment
With severe or deep cavities often the root canals also suffer and the pulp cavity becomes infected which is generally quite painful. To prevent the infection from spreading, it is usually necessary to perform root canal treatment. The new intraoral camera allows Dr. Wolferstaetter to create a digital image of the tooth for exact measurement.
Treating cavities & prostheses
If a cavity is found, the tooth nearly always requires some treatment. Once the extent and depth of the cavity have been assessed, a decision can be made on the most suitable type of prosthetic restoration. With smaller cavities Dr. Pink & Wolferstaetter use plastic, biocompatible composite fillings or porcelain inlays. An individual decision is made based on the location of the cavity and the patient’s personal preference. In cases of severe cavity formation, partial or complete crowns are the best option.