Northern Hills Dental ~ Reid Stone, DDS
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Technology

How can we help you?

Your questions are always welcome at Northern Hills Dental. We want you to always be fully informed and comfortable with decisions you make about your family's dental care. Our team has many years of experience and can answer any oral health care questions you have. No question is too big or too small – if it's a concern for you, it's a concern for us, too. 

We've chosen a few questions we hear frequently and shared them below. However, you probably have some of your own, so please contact us if you don't see your question answered here. 


The comfort and safety of our patients are our highest priorities. At Northern Hills Dental we use efficient, healthy digital x-rays. It is estimated that your exposure using digital x-rays is about 90% less than traditional film x-rays. 

Digital imaging gives us a highly detailed view of your mouth. Using this information, we can diagnose dental problems and develop an effective treatment plan. Digital images take very little time to develop, and we can get you in and out of our office faster with efficient diagnostics and treatment that is appropriate for your needs. Digital imaging also allows you to be part of the diagnostic and planning process because the images let you see exactly what we see. 

With the information we obtain from digital x-rays, Dr. Stone is able to make recommendations for treatments or therapies that are suited to your individual needs. With digital imaging, we can easily identify abnormalities within your jawbone. This makes planning complex treatments like root canals and extractions much more efficient. Details provided with digital imaging help us make appropriate decisions regarding your oral health. 

Please contact our Lead dental office to schedule your next appointment for a dental cleaning and exam.

DIAGNOdent is a revolutionary new way for your dentist to find even the smallest areas of tooth decay and cavities. By using the advanced DIAGNOdent technology, we are able to treat small cavities and areas of tooth decay before they become larger issues requiring multiple procedures. DIAGNOdent is a quick, comfortable process that helps you and your doctor keep your smile healthy and happy for a lifetime.


How does DIAGNOdent work?


DIAGNOdent uses a precise laser scanning system to scan over all of your teeth while sending out an audio signal and registering a digital read-out. By measuring the fluorescence within each tooth's structure, your dentist can identify where there may be cavities developing in the small spaces between, on, and around your teeth.


DIAGNOdent is comfortable and takes only a few short minutes to scan your entire mouth for cavities and decay. Detecting tooth decay as early as possible helps eliminate the number of costly treatments that you may need down the line and helps treat small problems before they become serious dental cases.


Not all cavities are noticeable without the help of the advanced DIAGNOdent laser screening.


Most tooth decay begins in the tiny cracks and grooves of your tooth's surface. By the time the cavities are noticed, it's often because there is a much larger problem, and the cavity itself was never seen or felt by the patient.


With the widespread use of fluoride, many of these cavities never make it to the tooth's surface, and instead begin eating away at the tooth from the inside out. The DIAGNOdent laser helps locate these small areas of decay.


If you would like to be screened for possible tooth decay and cavities, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment. Help your teeth stay healthy!


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