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

Intraoral Cameras are used to generate images of remarkable sharpness and clarity. They have the necessary depth-of-view for both intra- and extraoral images, from full arch to macro views, delivering consistently clear, high-resolution images that our dentist can easily share with you, so you see what our dentist sees, helping you make an educated decision regarding treatment recommendations. 

The intraoral camera creates extremely high-resolution images (both stills and video) of the surface of the mouth. Intraoral cameras are housed in a small, wand-like device that your dentist can easily position to get the best possible view of your gums and teeth. The intraoral camera instantly produces images that reveal problems that would normally not be visible to the naked eye. Your dentist can easily spot problems such as tiny fractures in your teeth’s enamel, potential gum damage, or the kind of plaque build-up that leads to decay, cavities, and the need for more complex repair. However, since your dentist can now see your mouth in unprecedented detail, the use of an intraoral camera can help stop problems before they fully develop. This saves you time, money and discomfort.

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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.