North Idaho Dental Group

Technology

Leading-edge technology helps us provide more comfortable, efficient treatment and achieve more favorable long-term outcomes. If you haven't visited a dental office recently, we think you'll be impressed with the array of technology available today! 

We would love to show you our technology in action, and until we see you, please take a few minutes to learn how it benefits you.

TVs in Treatment Rooms

At our Ponderay location, we have TVs in all our treatment rooms, so you can sit back during your appointment and enjoy some pleasant distraction from the activity around you.

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Panoramic X-Rays

Panoramic X-Rays

A panoramic x-ray is a diagnostic tool we use to see a single continuous image of all your teeth, your jaw, and the structures around them. This type of x-ray does not produce the level of detail to see small cavities, but it does show major nerves and sinuses, the jaw joint (TMJ) impacted teeth, tumors, advanced periodontal disease, and abnormal bone structure.

This information is invaluable when planning orthodontic treatment, dentures, dental implants, and tooth extractions. 

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dentist using iTero Digital Impressions

iTero Digital Impressions

If you’ve ever had a dental impression taken, you probably remember how messy and uncomfortable the process was—sitting with a big tray of goopy paste in your mouth and waiting for it to set while fighting your gag reflex.

Thankfully, those days are over! At NIDG, we take state-of-the-art digital impressions as easy to use as passing an intraoral scanner over your teeth. No messy, gaggy paste involved, and results that are far more detailed than anything we could obtain with traditional impressions.

The scanner provides a 3-D digital image of your teeth that our dentists use with specialized software to virtually design dental crowns, bridges, veneers, and dentures and plan Invisalign treatment.

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Patient getting Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide

If you are anxious about dental visits or want a more relaxing experience during procedures, we offer nitrous oxide. Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is an effective way to get the dental care you need without stress or anxiety.

Since nitrous is a gas, it is mixed with oxygen and delivered through a small, comfortable mask that fits comfortably over your nose. The slightly sweet-smelling gas provides a calming, drowsy sensation and a strong feeling of comfort and well-being as you inhale.

You will remain fully conscious, but some patients actually doze off during treatment! A trained team member monitors you, and when your procedure is finished, we turn off the nitrous and have you inhale pure oxygen for several minutes. When you’re ready to leave us, you will feel clear-headed and can safely drive yourself home.

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Rotary Endodontics

Rotary Endodontics

Removing infected pulp during root canal treatment requires great skill and precision. The traditional method uses a series of steel files to methodically clean out the canals, which is effective but time-consuming and produces uncomfortable sensations for the patient.

Enter rotary endodontic technology that makes root canal treatment more efficient, meaning less time in the dental chair for the patient. Instead of files, the technology is powered by electricity and has a flexible tip that does a more thorough job of cleaning out the root canal. Rotary endodontics makes root canals more comfortable for the patient and ensures more reliable treatment outcomes.

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Electric Handpieces

Electric Handpieces

We embrace any technology that improves patient comfort, minimizes anxiety, and helps us work more efficiently. If you dislike hearing the ear-piercing, high-pitched whine of an air-driven handpiece, we know you will appreciate our quiet electric handpieces. 

Electric handpieces are quieter than air-driven, produce less vibration, and are gentler on teeth. When removing decay and preparing for dental fillings, our dentists can work with greater precision and leave more healthy tooth structure intact. 

 

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Dentist using Intraoral Cameras

Intraoral Cameras

It can be frustrating to sit for a dental exam and not see what your dentist sees. We use intraoral cameras because we believe our patients deserve to be fully informed about their oral health needs. 

An intraoral camera is a small handheld device that displays magnified images of your mouth as your dentist performs your exam. Since the images are displayed on a monitor, you can follow along as they point out broken or worn teeth, cracked teeth, and old broken fillings.

When you see what they see, you can understand why your dentist recommends treatment and how it will benefit you. We can store still images of the session in your patient record and access them easily as needed. 

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Hygienist showing dental x-ray

Digital X-Rays

At NIDG, we use digital x-rays and digital sensors because they dramatically reduce a patient's radiation exposure—some estimates say by as much as 98 percent less than traditional x-rays. 

Digital x-rays are invaluable because our dentists can detect cavities, infections, and other conditions not visible during a routine visual exam. If they find a problem, they can plan prompt treatment to resolve it and protect your oral health. 

Our patients appreciate that digital x-rays are safer, and they get a clear view of what's happening with their oral health. When you see and understand your specific needs, you can feel more empowered to make confident decisions about your treatment. 

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Digital Records

We do everything we can to ensure that your visits are as efficient and streamlined as possible. Instead of searching through mountains of paperwork to find your information, we use digital records, and everything is stored securely on our in-house network. Your digital patient record contains everything we need to plan treatment, and our team can pull them up quickly to refer to them as needed. Digital records also make sharing x-rays, intraoral images, and treatment plans with insurance companies and specialists easy and efficient.

3-D Cone Beam Computed Tomograhy (CBCT)

3-D Cone Beam Computed Tomograhy (CBCT)

We use 3-D Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), a leading-edge technology that shows your entire mouth and surrounding structures in a single image. Our digital x-rays are invaluable and provide a two-dimensional image of your teeth and the details we need to see for most procedures.

However, when planning dental implant placement, extractions, and root canals that require a high degree of precision, we need to view the teeth and all the surrounding structures.

Using CBCT gives us a comprehensive, 360-degree view of your mouth in 3-D. The CT scan displays teeth, gum structure, and sinuses and shows bone thickness and nerve orientation. It’s essential to see these details to ensure a comfortable, efficient procedure and the best possible long-term outcomes.

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