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Technology

At Alpine Family Dentistry, we deliver excellent dental care to our patients using modern dental technologies. Inside our beautiful, log cabin dental office, we help our patients' smiles benefit from the NOMAD Handheld X-Ray System, intraoral cameras, and other advanced technologies. Read more about the dental technologies we use in our office below.

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Digital X-Rays

Most dental exams include x-rays. Digital x-rays allow Dr. Brett and his dental team to get an inside look at your teeth and dental issues, which aids in diagnosis and treatment. Specifically, x-rays are great for finding areas of bone loss or decay in your teeth, which may be hidden beneath fillings or deep in your tooth, where the dentist wouldn't be able to see it with just a visual exam.

Other dental problems digital x-rays can help diagnose include:

  • Bone loss in your jaw
  • Cysts and tumors
  • Abscesses
  • Impacted teeth
  • Wisdom teeth issues

Digital x-rays allow Dr. Brett to see how your teeth are positioned, which is also helpful when it comes to preparing for tooth extraction, a root canal, or other dental procedures.

If you have any questions about having digital x-rays taken, please let our friendly dental staff know. We are happy to address concerns and answer questions when it comes to x-ray technology. At Alpine Family Dentistry, we want you to enjoy the best oral health possible, and we can help you keep your teeth and gums healthier with digital x-rays.

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NOMAD Handheld X-Ray System

The NOMAD Handheld X-Ray System makes your x-rays quick, easy, and efficient. With NOMAD technology, you don't have to bite down on a sensor for as long as you do with traditional x-rays, making the x-ray experience more comfortable for many of our patients.

Additionally, this handheld x-ray technology allows us to get images while staying in the room with the patient, right by his or her side, while the x-rays are being taken, which is helpful in cases where patients have dental anxiety or when we are treating children.

Dental X-Rays in Eagle River, AK

This advanced x-ray system provides quality x-rays that will help Dr. Brett and our dedicated dental team diagnose and treat your dental health issues. We enjoy providing high-quality dental services in our Eagle River office. We look forward to helping you improve your smile!

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Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is often a good option for patients who have dental anxiety. We offer nitrous oxide in our Eagle River, AK dental office to help nervous patients relax during their dental appointments and procedures.

Benefits of Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is administered through a mask. The effects of nitrous oxide become apparent soon after the mask is put on, usually within minutes, and wear off just as quickly once the mask is removed. This makes it a great choice for people who want a mild sedative but don't want to have someone drive them to and from the dental appointment. You should be fully capable of driving yourself to and from a dental appointment where nitrous oxide is used. This mild sedative is safe for most patients and simply helps you relax during procedures, making your dental appointments more comfortable. 

It is important to us that you feel as comfortable as possible when you visit our office. Patients who are nervous about dental visits tend to delay exams and treatment, which only leads to more dental issues down the line. Please let us know if you have dental anxiety so we can help you manage it.

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3-D Cone Beam Imaging

We use dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), an advanced x-ray technology, in our Eagle River dental office. With 3-D cone beam technology, we can take hundreds of high-quality 3-D images with just one scan of your mouth. 

Why Are 3-D Images Useful?

With 3-D images of your mouth, we can evaluate your oral health more thoroughly. The 3-D images allow us to closely examine your soft tissue and bone, which helps diagnose and treat your dental issues. 3-D x-rays are useful in a variety of situations. Whether Dr. Brett is evaluating your jaw area for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) or preparing your tooth for a root canal, the 3-D images created by the dental cone beam CT will help him get the most accurate and in-depth view of your dental situation.

A full scan can usually be completed in under a minute, making the process quick and easy for our patients. This technology is one of the most advanced dental technologies we offer in our dental office. We love using 3-D images to help our patients improve and protect their smiles!

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Intraoral Cameras

Your dentist can use an intraoral camera to examine the inside of your mouth. With the detailed view that an intraoral camera provides, Dr. Brett can view areas of your mouth he wouldn't be able to see otherwise. Most intraoral cameras can rotate, magnify, show real-time footage of your exam, and snap images. Dentists often use intraoral cameras to record dental issues. The images Dr. Brett takes inside your mouth during the procedure can be stored in your patient file. Later on, Dr. Brett can compare those images to a more recent exam, checking for changes in a dental situation. 

As a patient, you will get to view the footage or images taken using an intraoral camera. This allows you to see exactly what Dr. Brett sees when it comes to your dental health. He will look over the images with you, point out any oral health problems he's found, and discuss potential treatment options, if necessary. 

As an added benefit, the images taken with an intraoral camera during an exam may be used to bolster a dental insurance claim, if necessary. Dental insurance companies sometimes request proof of your dental condition before they'll agree to cover a procedure, and an image of the issue itself can help make your insurance claim. 

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