Early detection of dental problems, prompt treatment starts with digital x-rays in Maryville, TN

There is no substitute for a dentist’s skill. However, Dr. William F. Proffitt, Jr. combines his 35-plus years of experience and training with advanced diagnostic tools. These technologies detect what Dr. Proffitt can’t see with his eyes alone during a visual evaluation of your tooth, gums, and other oral tissues and structures. He has invested in digital x-rays and DIAGNOdent™ laser cavity detection. 

These and other technologies support the early detection of underlying conditions such as enamel erosion and gum (periodontal) inflammation. They also promote the safest and most comfortable experience for our patients in Maryville and throughout East TN — Knoxville, Gatlinburg, Seymour, Tellico, Alcoa, Vonore, Lenoir City, Madisonville, and neighboring communities. 

The digital x-ray difference 

We offer a safe, quick, and easy alternative to conventional film-based x-rays. Digital radiography uses specialized sensors and plates to render detailed images of the teeth, gums, and interconnected structures. These images may be viewed on a monitor and adjusted so our team at Proffitt Dentistry can better analyze areas, such as decay, that is “hidden” in otherwise hard-to-see spaces. We can further share this information with our patients so they have a better understanding of what is going on in their mouths. This knowledge also helps patients make more informed decisions about their “next steps,” such as treatment and restorative options. 

Furthermore, digital x-rays are associated with an up to 80% to 90% reduction in radiation exposure compared to traditional radiography, depending on the system used. Such digital technologies eliminate the waste produced by conventional methods, making this alternative great for patients and the planet alike.

The advantages of DIAGNOdent™ laser cavity detection 

During routine exams at our office, Dr. Proffitt will also use a pen-like device to gently and non-invasively identify otherwise hard-to-detect decay. Early-stage enamel erosion or cavities in pits and fissures can be difficult to accurately and promptly pinpoint. The DIAGNOdent™ technology uses fluorescence to shine a light quite literally on damaged areas, illuminating trouble spots that require swift intervention. It provides a precise way to diagnose problems that patients didn’t know they had! 

Often, oral conditions do not produce any symptoms until after the inflammation has progressed into full-blown gum disease or the cavity has advanced to threaten the very structure of the tooth. Likewise, some signs of early decay or disease are so subtle that patients do not think much about infrequent tooth sensitivity or occasional bleeding. 

We encourage you to contact us at (865) 432-0804 today. Many teeth can be “saved” if dental damage or periodontal inflammation is caught and dealt with early into the disease process.