Technology

“Technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories.” – Laurie Anderson

 


 

Surgical Operating Microscopes

Every treatment Dr. Kruszewski performs is completed using a surgical operating microscope, the same type of microscope that many Neurosurgeons, Vascular Surgeons, and Ophthalmologists use in hospital operating rooms. This allows magnification of the inside of your tooth down to fractions of a millimeter to deliver extremely precise, controlled treatment. Dr. Kruszewski can also take high quality photographs of the inside of your tooth to better explain your dental problem, send to your referring dentist, or to document your therapy.

Digital Imaging/Xrays

 

All radiographs taken at Modern Endodontics are digital, which means that they are captured and stored on our secure computer network. Compared to film xrays, digital xrays expose the patient to 80% less radiation per image, are faster to take, the images appear very crisp and clear, and Dr. Kruszewski can modify and adjust the xray on a computer to better analyze the radiograph. We can also email copies of your xrays to your referring Dentist once your Endodontic treatment is complete. This green solution saves paper, time, and money!

Focused Field Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)

 

Recent technological advances have allowed the “miniaturization” of types of hospital CT scanners for use in the dental office. Our CBCT machine is specifically made for Endodontic imaging and allows Dr. Kruszewski to take “3D Xrays” of a very small ~5x5cm area of your jaw. Since the area scanned is so small, the amount of radiation is extremely low per scan; equivalent to a few days of normal background radiation from living everyday life.

This new technology is the “gold standard” method in diagnosis of Endodontic infections and problems. It allows the doctor to view different angles of your tooth in all possible orientations. Some of the many uses include: discovering root infections that don’t show up on regular 2D xrays, discovering tiny cracks in tooth roots that can have a large impact on treatment success, evaluating trauma to teeth and the jaws, evaluating tooth infection related sinus issues, and helping Dr. Kruszewski plan surgical root canal treatment.

Although CBCT is powerful diagnostic tool, most routine Endodontic infections and problems can be successfully diagnosed with regular 2D xrays. In order to limit the amount of radiation you are exposed to from dentistry (even though this overall amount is extremely small), Dr. Kruszewski will only recommend a CBCT scan if more diagnostic information is deemed necessary.