Technology is ever-changing and constantly evolving. At the office of Tamara Levit, DDS we do our best to stay relevant to the needs of our North Bethesda patients using advanced technology that helps us better diagnose and treat conditions and diseases.
These high-speed X-rays use 80 percent less radiation than ordinary film X-rays, yet produce a nearly instantaneous image with the ability to use color contrast in that image.
CariVu caries a detection device that uses low-level laser/transillumination technology to assess hidden occlusal, interproximal, and recurrent carious lesions and crack lines.
VELScope VX is the most powerful tool available for assisting in the discovery of oral abnormalities. VELScope’s distinctive blue spectrum light causes the soft tissues of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinctive patterns—patterns that are visibly disrupted by trauma or disease. Using VELScope, a wide variety of oral abnormalities can be discovered, often before they’re visible to the unassisted eye.
While high-level laser light is used to cut tissue, low-level light helps heal tissue.
Low-level therapy is indicated for treatment associated with:
Cold laser therapy is low-intensity laser therapy that stimulates healing while using low levels of light. The technique is called “cold” laser therapy because the low levels of light aren’t enough to heat your body’s tissue. The level of light is low when compared to other forms of laser therapy, such as those used to destroy tumors and coagulate tissue. Surgical and aesthetic lasers heat the tissue being treated. True to its name, cold laser therapy does not. Dentists use cold lasers to treat inflamed tissues in the mouth and to heal ulcerations. Doctors use it to treat inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other chronic autoimmune diseases.
The oral cavity is supported by an infinitely complex structure of muscles, ligaments, and bones. Ideally, all of these components work together harmoniously, and the force on your teeth when you bite down is balanced. When the force becomes imbalanced, chronic pain and a variety of dental problems can ensue. These include:
Traditionally, occlusal analysis involved a considerable amount of guesswork. Methods such as pressure indicator paste, waxes, and articulation paper can be inaccurate. None of the traditional diagnostic techniques measure both time and force of biting pressure.
T-Scan, by Tekscan Inc. provides a highly detailed, multi-dimensional image with precision accuracy. The system includes a special device, which utilizes ultra-thin, disposable sensors. The unit transfers the data to an animated digital image, mapping the force and timing of pressure. Dr. Sheldon can see exactly where the problem is, and how severe it is, so he can easily devise a customized treatment plan.
Better, faster diagnostics make for better, faster treatment. This system will help pinpoint the problem instantly, for fast relief. This system is also used after restorations are placed, to verify the bite force is evenly balanced, for optimal comfort and longevity of your dental work. It makes dental procedures more efficient and comfortable by eliminating multiple trips for adjustment. Click here to learn more.
Scientific developments have revealed that some teeth problems and pain associated with the teeth, face, and surrounding structures may be caused by improper function of muscles and nerves. The jaw position may not be affected by teeth’s position, but the reverse is not true. Teeth can be affected by improper jaw position. If the information we gather shows that a patient has improper jaw alignment, we will begin conservative therapy by creating a custom orthotic appliance to hold the patient’s jaw in proper alignment and physical therapy preventing muscle abnormal activity and parafunction, stabilizing stomatognathic system components to work in harmony.
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A computerized neuromuscular procedure to precisely measure and study the pattern of opening and closing your jaw. This study is done by placing a small magnet on your lower gum and a lightweight spectacle-like device containing magnetic sensors. This allows the doctor and assistant to track your jaw movements on the computer screen and to detect abnormal movements that may otherwise go undetected. Click here to learn more.
Dental malocclusion can adversely affect/impact chewing, posture, swallowing, muscles causing joints disorder, headache, and cervical pain. EMG can be used for both – diagnostics and treatment as it is used to record neuromuscular activity. In the case of TMD and orofacial pain problems, EMG is one of the biometrical tests used in modern evidence-based dentistry. EMG unit records masticatory and neck muscles activity at rest and function to objectively measure activity and reaction of the muscle of head and neck to predictable balance muscle tone with proper bite position to prevent teeth and joints damage and destruction as well as parafunctional activity.
Putting chewing forces on an implant before it’s fully integrated into the bone can cause the failure of the implant, which must then be removed. This instrument enables us to clinically measure implant stability and integration with the jawbone before the restoration is placed.
This piece of equipment is the newest and most innovative product from the inventor of PRF, Dr. Choukroune, WHO SPENT THE LAST TWO DECADES dedicating himself to the study of PRF – Platelet Reach Plasma. His discoveries led to new protocols which optimize the quality of PRF in both liquid and solid-state. Click here to learn more.