Digital Imaging at Magnolia Family Dentistry located in Lafayette, Louisiana

Dental Imaging

When visiting our dentist for the first time, most of the consult will be spent on tests to diagnose your dental condition. In most cases, an x-ray can conveniently deliver results right away, easily identifying the issue and helping our dentist provide a proper evaluation.

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-Ray

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. From the simple intra-oral periapical X-rays to advanced imaging techniques like magnetic resonance imaging, cone beam computed tomography, computed tomography, and ultrasound have also found their place in modern dentistry. 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 craniofacial 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.

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Intraoral Camera

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 Magnolia Family Dentistry, call us at 337-456-5573 today!

If you would like more information regarding our dental imaging services or wish to come in for a consultation, contact us to schedule your appointment at 337-456-5573. When it comes to your health, it’s your call… make it today.