Technology

Technology
Reality Bites Dental

Our team recognizes that our patients’ needs are ever changing. We live in an era of profound advancements in dental technology.

It is our commitment to staying at the cutting edge of dentistry in an effort to deliver the highest quality care.

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TVs in each operatory

Digital X-Rays: Digital x-rays have been adopted by a high percentage of dental offices. A digital x-ray allows us to take an image of the teeth and put it into an imaging program. Within this imaging program, there are a number of tools that will allow us to take a very close look your teeth and surrounding structures with amazing accuracy. As a benefit to the patient, the digital x-ray also provides less radiation than a standard x-ray. This is due to the fact that the digital version of the x-ray is much more sensitive to this radiation and has been specifically designed to reduce radiation.

Intraoral Digital Camera: The intraoral camera is an excellent diagnostic tool for viewing different angles in the mouth that we would not have been able to just a few years ago. The camera gives us the ability to view the entire mouth on a monitor so that we can get a closer look at any potential issues or problems that may arise. In the case of internal fracture lines (cracks), they will often show on photographs, not x-ray, taken with an intraoral camera. Furthermore, you will have the ability to see for yourself firsthand the same images we are seeing. These digital images are also excellent for gaining procedure acceptance from insurance companies.

Dentforms: Visiting any health center often requires the headache of registration paperwork. Our team values your time and has adopted Dentforms. With Dentforms, patients can electronically complete their forms either online from the comfort of their home or on a computer in our office. All of these forms can then be electronically signed with a digital signature pad in our office. No more paperwork, no more stress. Of course for the less technologically inclined, we do still offer traditional paperwork for registration. It’s your choice.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screenings utilizing OralID

According to statistics available through the National Cancer Institute2:

Oral cancer has traditionally been associated with tobacco usage, and it’s true that the majority of oral cancer victims smoke or use chewing tobacco, consume alcohol and are over 40. But the group experiencing the highest growth rate of oral cancer incidence does not fit this traditional “at risk” profile. More and more, oral cancer is striking younger people who don’t use tobacco or abuse alcohol.

In many cases, the cause appears to be one of two strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV-16 or HPV-18). Health care experts now recommend annual oral cancer screenings for all adults aged 18 and older. If you smoke or use chewing tobacco, screenings are recommended every six months.

During your oral cancer screening, we will examine your lips, inside of mouth, gums, inside of cheeks, the sides and underside of your tongue, and the roof and floor of your mouth.

We are looking for:

Other signs of oral cancer include numbness, painor tenderness, or a change in the way your teeth fittogether when you bite down. Be sure to tell us during your exam about any problems you have when chewing, swallowing,speaking or moving your tongue or jaw. Any abnormalities will be closely followed and possibly referred to an oral surgeon for biopsy/2nd opinion.

Athletic Guards
OralID

OralID uses proven, optically based technology called, "fluorescence technology". OralID's fluorescence technology uses a blue light (435-460 nm) that provides the clinician an aid in visualization of oral mucosal abnormalities, such as oral cancer and pre-cancer. This is the same technology used in other medical applications including highlighting abnormalities of the GI tract, cervix, lung, and skin.

Laser Therapy

Dental diode lasers deliver clear benefits over conventional methods of treatment with mostly scar-free wound healing and improved germ reduction. For patients, the use of lasers means less post-operative pain and therefore less need for medication.

Indications for laser therapy include:
I’m so glad I went to see Dr. Torres. I was very nervous,
but she made me feel comfortable and at ease...
–Trisha Hernandez
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20079 Stone Oak Parkway Suite #2102
San Antonio, TX 78258
Phone: 210-399-5951   Fax: 210-265-3886
Email: info@realitybitesdental.com
Office Hours:
Mon: 9am - 5pm • Tues: 9am - 5pm
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Sat: 9am - 3pm • Sun: Closed