Dental Imaging Techniques
On your first visit, most of the appointment time is dedicated to diagnosing the root cause of your dental health issues, running quick tests and taking dental images. Advanced dental imaging techniques like digital x-rays allow our dentist to quickly capture clear high-resolution images of your teeth and jawbone from various angles. This tremendous advancement in the field of dentistry is not only time saving, but also gives our dentist the necessary insight to provide you with the most accurate treatment for your dental health.
Digital x-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry because they use far less radiation than traditional film x-rays. This technology replaces conventional x-rays, reducing the use of film, harsh chemicals and waste materials used to capture the images. The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that displays the image within minutes of being taken. This makes it easier for our dentist to accurately and efficiently make a diagnosis.
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 Family Dentistry of Ellisville, call us at 636-220-1104 today!
At Family Dentistry of Ellisville, we have a dedicated team of professionals on board to evaluate and correct all of your dental needs. If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation, contact us today to schedule an appointment.