Technology

At Naper Dental Center we realize we live in a technology driven world and we incorporate the latest technology into our dental practice. Technology in the dental field is constantly changing the way diseases are diagnosed, how procedures are performed, and how we can improve your experience in the dental chair while providing the best care possible for our patients.

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Digital Radiography

Naper Dental Center is always trying to improve the way we perform dentistry. By introducing digital radiography (X-rays) into our practice, we strive to provide a better dental experience for our patients. The introduction of this technology provides many benefits above and beyond traditional X-ray methods.

  • Less Radiation

    Digital X-rays use up to 90 percent less radiation than traditional film X-rays. While conventional dental X-rays are safe, we strive to reduce the amount of exposure that our patients receive during their appointments by using digital X-rays and the proper lead shields.

  • Shorter Appointments

    Digital X-Rays give us the ability to immediately see the image of the teeth that we just took on a computer screen. Previously, the film had to be developed and if we didn’t capture what was needed, another X-ray was taken and more waiting for the film to be developed was done causing needless lengthening of appointments.


  • Higher Quality Images

    Digital X-rays provide a much clearer and precise picture or the tooth and surrounding bony structures. Not only can dentists zoom in and enlarge specific areas of the X-ray, they can also add color, change brightness and contrast and invert colors in order to help diagnose dental disease earlier, catching problems before you even know they exist and keep your out of pain.

  • Environmentally Friendly

    Did you know that conventional x-rays were developed with toxic chemicals that had to be changed regularly for proper development of the X-Ray? Digital X-rays use no chemicals and also eliminates waste because there is no external plastic packaging of each individual film.

3D Imaging



The latest 3D imaging system was added to our practice to provide an unsurpassed picture quality as well as diagnosis ability. By taking a series of x-ray “slices” and stitching the images together with a powerful computer program, 3D imaging creates a virtual model of your mouth. It can be used to find disease, plan procedures, and visualize internal structures that formerly wouldn't have been visible without surgery.

Intra Oral Camera

A picture is worth a thousand words. We use intra-oral pictures to help our patients understand the condition of their teeth. We understand that sometimes looking at X-rays is difficult for the untrained eye, but a magnified, Hi-Definition picture can make the difference. The images of your teeth will be saved so we have a history of their condition and you can see what is happening in your own mouth.

SOPROLIFE Cavity Detectors

Traditionally, dentists use an explorer, a dental instrument that has a fine metal tip, to detect dental decay on the surfaces of your teeth and it is still an extremely effective way to detect decay. However, it is only effective in finding 57 percent of present decay. With the introduction of the SOPROLIFE cavity detector, the Dentist now has the ability to detect 90 percent of tooth decay, which may not be fully evident on the surface.



  • Using SOPROLIFE is painless. The blue LEDs emit light at 450nm which excites dentin and sends a light signal named fluorescence. The image captured of a healthy tooth will be black and white with varying intensities of green areas.
  • Depending on the tooth pathology - decalcified enamel, decay, or crowns - the fluorescence signal reflected by the dentin will be different - orange, redder or totally absent.

  • It is a great adjunct to the visual examination and X-rays because we always want to detect decay when it is small and there is no pain so that we can fix the problem before it becomes a bigger issue and necessitates extensive treatment like Root Canal Therapy.
  • Images will be captured and you can see the difference of light passing through the tooth, highlighting the decay.