Dental Imaging Techniques used by Dentists: The Basics
When you visit our dentist, a significant amount of time may be spent on tests and diagnosing any dental issues you may be experiencing. In many cases, the kind of x-ray used can provide immediate results. This makes it easier for both our dentist and you, to understand the issue, assess it accordingly and decide a course of treatment.
X-rays reveal the defects in your dental structure and various other problems with your teeth. Dental imaging is also utilized to learn about the presence of cavities, dental infections, and oral masses that can be either harmless or threatening. Dental imaging is also used to study bone loss.
Dental imaging is an advanced procedure that entirely depends on the extent of radiation penetrating through the dental structures. Radiation hits the film and strikes an image that helps our dentist study the cause of the problem or pain.
Like any other traditional image processing, dental images are also processed in a dark room. This process involves the use of chemicals and can be a lengthy and tedious process. The intention is to get the dental imaging done right in the first attempt to avoid additional exposure to radiation.
If for some reason the dental imaging fails on the first attempt, the whole process may need to be repeated by our dentist.
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.
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 Machesney Park Family Dental, call us at 779-423-1171 today!
Dental science has developed new alternatives that have greatly improved the process of dental imaging.
Our dentist at Machesney Park Family Dental at Machesney Park, Illinois always keeps your comfort and needs in mind. The improved dental imaging devices and techniques discussed here are not alternatives to each other. One may be more useful than the other one, depending on the case our dentist is dealing with. Our dentist will determine the optimal procedure for each specific case.
If you have any questions about our dental imaging services or would like to visit us for a consultation, call us at 779-423-1171 to schedule an appointment. You make the call on your health: make it today!