During your visit to Catoctin Corner Dentistry, you can expect your oral exam to be accompanied by x-rays or other dental imaging techniques. Dentists use imaging to find cavities, hidden dental structures, bone loss or malignant or benign masses.
A digital x-ray is one of the most important advancements in dentistry. The technology replaces traditional film used in conventional x-rays with advanced, electronic sensors.
Below are some great benefits of digital X-rays in comparison to the traditional x-ray:
Produces less radiation
Enables our dentist to make a more accurate diagnosis
Reduces the use of materials or harsh chemicals
Quicker to use and provides immediate results
Produces better image results, enabling our dentist to discern abnormalities in teeth, gums or enamel instantly
In addition to that, digital x-rays provide exceptional quality images for our dentist, who is able to adjust the image (contrast or brightness) as needed. This technique has become one of the most adopted methods of dental imaging.
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 Catoctin Corner Dentistry, call us at 540-441-3809 today!
Dental imaging helps your dentist make a well-informed diagnosis and treatment plan catered to your unique needs. There are various types of x-rays available for dental imaging. Depending on your symptoms, some x-ray procedures will be more suitable than others.
If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation, contact us at 540-441-3809 to schedule an appointment.