Modern Dental Imaging Techniques
To maintain healthy teeth, it’s essential to practice good oral hygiene. You should also visit our dentist, who will advise and instruct you on how to properly take care of your teeth. During your first visit, you can expect our team to conduct an oral exam, as well as x-rays or other dental imaging techniques.
The modern dental imaging techniques used today help our dentist diagnose and treat any dental problems you may experience. There are multiple kinds of x-rays available for dental imaging. Depending on your symptoms, some x-ray procedures will be more suitable than others. Listed below are some of the modern dental imaging procedures we may use during your visit.
Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are very useful, because they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays often do. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.
The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that displays the images just minutes after they are taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.
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 A Winning Smile, call us at 561-965-7000 today!
A Winning Smile in West Palm Beach, Florida has the ideal dental imaging procedure for you. Call us to set an appointment or come by our office today. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have.