High Tech Diagnostic Services
Dr. Crawford is dedicated to providing every patient with state-of-the-art care and optimum comfort during each visit. He researches and pursues leading dental technologies in order to improve your patient experience.
To create a more streamlined approach to dentistry, we use electronic charting technology and digital radiography for optimum accuracy and excellent record-keeping.
Our treatment suites are equipped with the latest advancements in healthcare. Click on the links below to read more.
- Digital X-rays
- Diagnodent Laser Cavity Detection
- VELscope Oral Cancer Screening
- Oral CDx Biopsy
- Intra-Oral Camera
Low-radiation Digital X-rays
X-rays have long been a basic diagnostic tool for dentists. Dr. Crawford is equipped with digital X-rays—also called digital radiographs—which offer important innovations for your comfort and safety. Both conventional and digital X-rays share a purpose: They allow Dr. Crawford to see areas of your teeth and surrounding tissues that would otherwise be hidden or invisible. X-ray images allow Dr. Crawford to detect a hidden cavity, an abscess under a tooth and many other problems. Digital X-rays are seen immediately on our computer screen and can be enlarged for optimal diagnostic viewing. Because they are stored digitally, the images can be printed or shared by email with other dental professionals and they are environmentally friendly because they eliminate the need for processing chemicals. Worried about radiation? Although traditional X-rays are very safe, the digital option is even better, exposing patients to 80% less radiation than conventional X-rays.
Diagnodent Laser Cavity Detection
The good news is that, with increased use of fluoride during the past few decades, the enamel on our teeth is stronger than ever. As a result, we are less likely to develop cavities than our grandparents were. However, some cavities are so small or well-hidden that they remain undetected during a visual examination—and even after X-rays are taken. That's why Dr. Crawford has added the Diagnodent to the state-of-the-art diagnostic tools in his practice. The Diagnodent uses safe, painless laser light technology to expose dental problems that are otherwise concealed below the surface of the tooth. During an examination, Dr. Crawford scans the device over his patients' teeth. If any cavities are present, they will emit a different wavelength of light, alerting Dr. Crawford. Depending on the size of the cavity and other factors, he may recommend cleaning, sealing, filling or simply monitoring the area.
VELscope Enhanced Oral Cancer Screening
When caught early, oral cancers—those affecting the lip, mouth and upper throat—have a very high survival rate. However, many people do not notice symptoms in the early stages. This is why Dr. Crawford offers VELscope enhanced oral cancer screening to his patients. An advanced diagnostic tool, the VELscope resembles a small flashlight. The handheld scope emits a bright blue light. During an examination for oral cancer, Dr. Crawford or the hygienist directs the blue light into the patient's mouth. If suspicious cells are present, even under the surface, they will appear as irregular dark areas. When this occurs, the patient is scheduled for an OralCDx Brush Biopsy so that Dr. Crawford may obtain a sample of the suspicious cells.
OralCDx Biopsy Technology
Suspicious growths are often small and painless, patients are not aware of them. Once detected with the VELscope, Dr. Crawford uses OralCDx Brush Biopsy technology to obtain a sample of these spots or lesions so they may be examined for cancerous cells or other abnormalities. He simply swabs the brush against the affected area several times to obtain a sample of tissue cells. This process is generally painless and does not require a local anesthetic or sedation. The sample is then sent to a laboratory where a pathologist reviews it and reports the results to Dr. Crawford. If the results are abnormal, he will refer the patient to an oral surgeon for further care.
Cameras make us want to smile and say, "Cheese!" However, when our team members use the Intra-oral Camera, the image they take shows the inside of your smile. Resembling an extra-long toothbrush, the device contains a small camera at one end. This is inserted into the patient's mouth to capture both still and video images of the teeth, gums and palate. These images are transferred instantly to a chair-side computer monitor. Because the patient views the images in real time, he or she can ask questions, clarify options and otherwise more fully participate in decision-making about whether or not to pursue treatment. Another advantage: Dr. Crawford may choose to permanently record the picture or video and use it for future reference or send it to another dental specialist for consultation.
You know that your smile will look great after a cosmetic procedure—but you are still a bit nervous. The good news is that, with Dr. Crawford's cosmetic imaging technology, you can preview your "after" before any changes have begun. First, Dr. Crawford will take a digital picture of your smile. Then, using photo-enhancing software, he will adjust the image to show how your smile will be improved after whitening, veneers or other cosmetic dental procedures. This process allows you to make changes to better suit your preferences, such as asking Dr. Crawford to alter the level of whitening. You may also ask any questions you may have about his method for correcting chips, fractures, crookedness or stains. Dr. Crawford will then use the "after" picture as a guide for the actual procedure, whether it is in-office treatment or lab-fabricated veneers.
To evaluate a patient's bite, Dr. Crawford uses a computerized devise called a Tekscan.
The T-Scan system is a valuable tool that aids in the diagnostic process of analyzing a patient's bite to show what is and what is not functioning properly. When a bite is unstable it can cause pain, broken restorations, gum disease, tooth loss, headaches and TMJ disorder.