Our Guide to Dental Imaging
During the past three decades, dentistry has witnessed great advances in all its branches. Consequently, the need for more precise diagnostic tools, specifically imaging methods, has become mandatory. Moving from analog to digital radiography has not only made the process simpler and faster, but has also made image storage, manipulation, and retrieval easier. Three-dimensional imaging has made the complex cranio-facial structures more accessible for examination and for the early and accurate diagnosis of conditions that range from mild to severe. Some of these innovative technologies will be discussed in this article.
Digital X-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry. This technology replaces conventional X-rays, reducing the use of film, harsh chemicals and waste materials used to capture the images. Unlike traditional X-rays, digital X-rays use less radiation. They also make it easier for our dentist to accurately and efficiently reach a diagnosis as their processing time is faster, providing immediate results.
Here are some great benefits of the digital X-ray:
It creates less exposure to radiation than traditional X-rays
It enables dentists to make a diagnosis more accurately
It reduces using wasted materials and harsh chemicals
It reduces time consumption and provides immediate results
It produces instant imaging results, especially of abnormalities in teeth, gums, and enamel
Also, dentists can easily adjust the image (contrast or brightness). The digital x-ray provides great convenience and has become one of the most adopted methods of digital imaging.
An intraoral camera is a small video camera that takes an image of the outside of the gum or tooth. The intraoral camera resembles an oversized pen. While simultaneously viewing a monitor, the dentist inserts the camera into a patient's mouth and gently shifts it about so that images can be taken from a variety of angles.
The intraoral camera is extremely helpful in diagnosing dental conditions such as tooth decay and cracked teeth and in educating the patient. Since the intraoral camera is used in tandem with a computer screen or television monitor, your dentist can easily show you, in real-time, if you have a fractured tooth or need gum disease treatment. A picture is worth a thousand words!
Time-savings that come with the intraoral camera are especially noticeable when your dentist needs to take several images at one time. Intraoral camera images are easy to re-take, print and duplicate. Printouts can be sent to dental insurance companies to strengthen claims. In fact, these images are so useful that some insurance companies now accept images via e-mail; the reduced paper trail cuts down on claim-processing time and is an environmentally friendly option as well.
For more information on the intraoral camera at Smiles at Lakewood Ranch, call us at 941-216-3803 today!
Our dentist in Smiles at Lakewood Ranch in Lakewood Ranch, Florida is experienced in the use of advanced tools and technology for the treatment and diagnosis of dental diseases. Call us at 941-216-3803 for an appointment or come by office today to discuss your concerns with our dentist.