Posts Tagged ‘dental x-rays’

How GALILEOS Improves Speed and Accuracy of Dental Diagnostics (III)

In a previous GALILEOS post (part I), I urged you to remember that by using GALILEOS x-rays we are able to see not only a specific dental condition, but the entire surrounding area as well. This is key to our holistic approach to dentistry, because we cannot correct a problem without considering how it might affect the rest of the mouth (and, thus, the whole head, neck, and so on…). GALILEOS has opened a new doorway to our comprehensive dentistry because we can, in fact, immediately see how one problem area might be affecting another. We can see if an infection has spread, and if so, then how far.

GALILEOS will also be used hand-in-hand with our CEREC technology, which will bring our patients the best maximum-quality holistic care you can find.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles


How GALILEOS Improves Speed and Accuracy of Dental Diagnostics (II)

As a patient, you rely a great deal on your dentist for the best oral and dental health. Nobody wants to be put in the hands of someone who calls himself a dentist but misdiagnoses, mistreats, or malpractices on his patients. That situation is just plain scary! I could rant about the scary thing dentists do with patients that permanently messes up their dental health, but that’s a topic for another day. Today is another day for the GALILEOS.

As I was saying, patients heavily rely on their dentists for proper, thorough, and accurate treatment by their dentist. GALILEOS helps immensely with your dentist’s precision and confidence in your treatment. This technology is particularly beneficial for disease beneath the surface, places where we cannot see with the naked eye… where even x-rays can be hard to decipher. Because the GALILEOS x-rays are 3-D, we are able to see disease as if looking at it through glass. We can see the exact size, direction, progression, etc. of the problem. This takes all the guesswork out of root canals and dental implants. While a skilled, careful dentist can do well enough without 3-D x-rays, the GALILEOS just increases the patient’s safety and security that much more, also enabling the very best possible healing results.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

How GALILEOS Improves Speed and Accuracy of Dental Diagnostics (I)

From the picture below, you can see a sample of what a GALILEOS x-ray looks like:

galileos x-rays

What the picture doesn’t show you, however, is the ability to pan through the layers of each image from different angles. You know how CT scans show you multiple pictures of the same brain, only each one illustrates a different layer or “slice”? This is similar, except it would be like putting all the slices together and being able to zoom in and out, focusing on each one individually while still being able to see the surrounding environment. Remember that, because it’s an important point I will touch on later.

On a side note, watching your own 3-D skull on the screen is pretty cool. I hope it is an inspiration to patients. Cavities and other dental problems that you can’t see with the naked eye are easy to ignore, at least until there is discomfort, pain, or your dentist tells you your health (or life) as you know it is seriously threatened. Even then, some refuse to take action. Would this new ability to see inside yourself motivate you to establish healthier habits? You’d be able to see just how far those cavities reach, just how close your teeth are to falling out, just how far that infection has spread, etc. We might even discover problems elsewhere — tumors, for instance — that you would never have known were there until it was too late. Would seeing inside your face, particularly inside your mouth and teeth and surrounding bones, make these problems more of a reality for you, thus changing your mind about lazy oral hygiene?

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

What You Will Love about GALILEOS

Low-radiation benefits aside, here are a few more practical things patients will find great about GALILEOS:

Comfort! You know how conventional x-rays require the film to be put inside your mouth, sharp corners poking in places you never knew existed? Well, we can kiss that goodbye. The GALILEOS unit is different. It stands up tall, about as tall as a doorway, with an overhanging piece built to encircle one’s head. The height of this piece is adjustable, catering to patients of all heights, seated or standing. It almost resembles an electric can opener… but replace the “opener” part with the head piece.

That imagery probably sounds a little more horrific than I intended. So here’s a picture:


The mouthpiece probably looks a little scary, too, but it’s not. You simply place yourself so that this piece is in the center of your mouth. I think just by looking at it you can tell its comfort is superior to having to clench down on individual pieces of film.

After you have positioned yourself in the right spot, what happens is the top unit circles your head to scan your mouth, jaw, and facial bones. The cone beam x-rays emit the lowest amount of radiation possible, so the hygienist or dentist performing your x-rays won’t be “running for cover.” Then super-cool 3-D images of your teeth and front portion of your skull are put into the computer for you and the dentist to view. We’ll check that out soon!

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

Traumatic Dental Injuries: Root Fractures

The definition of a root fracture is exactly that — a fractured root.

In the tooth, of course.

Root fractures are horizontal cracks near the root of your tooth, occurring beneath the gum line (therefore requiring x-rays to find… when telltale pain and wiggly teeth first bring you to the dentist). The location of the fracture in relation to the ends of the tooth, the tip of the root (the apex) or the tips of the crown (the visible chewing surface), determines the lasting strength and health left in the tooth. The closer the fracture is to the root tip, the better the chances of a successful healing are. But the closer the fracture is to the crown, chances are it will not successfully heal on its own. A splint is also designed for this type of injury, to be worn temporarily as the tooth heals (if, of course, the fracture is minor enough to be left alone). If the pulp inside the tooth is damaged, a root canal may be required to disinfect and seal off the problematic area.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles