Dental Imaging Techniques
Whether it's your first appointment with our dentist or your biannual exam, our dentist may take x-rays of your teeth and jaw to better evaluate your oral health. Thanks to modern dental imaging techniques, the process is efficient and provides instant results, so our dentist can quickly identify the problem and plan your treatment.
Digita x-rays have become an essential tool in modern dentistry, as they're more efficient than traditional film x-rays and they minimize radiation exposure. Because the x-ray machine is connected to a computer, the images are displayed within seconds of being taken. This makes the identification of abnormalities in the teeth or jaw structure more efficient, and ensures our dentist can begin planning your treatment as soon as possible.
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 Smiles at Heathbrook, call us at 352-789-6990 today!
Identifying the issue is the first step for our dentist to plan a suitable treatment. At Smiles at Heathbrook in Ocala, , we have a dedicated team of professionals on board to evaluate and correct all of your dental concerns. If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office at 352-789-6990.