Different Techniques in Dental Imaging

Over the last thirty years, the rapid development of digital imaging technology has revolutionized dental care and fundamentally changed the patient experience.  Instead of dealing with the time, cost, and discomfort associated with traditional X-rays and film-based imaging, digital technology allows you and the dentist to view all areas of the mouth in unprecedented detail, at a fraction of the cost, and without delay. 

Your dentist is now able to identify potential problems long before they develop, which makes your treatment easier, more effective and far less costly than in years past.  The digital display of these images can be adjusted by your dentist so that you can understand the state of your oral health better than ever before.  This will be especially helpful as you and your dentist work together to take care of your immediate needs and develop an individualized treatment plan for comprehensive oral health. 

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-ray technology has replaced conventional X-rays, reducing the use of film, harsh chemicals and waste materials. Unlike traditional X-rays, digital X-rays use less radiation and since they provide immediate results, our dentist is able to reach a diagnosis with more accuracy and efficiency. 

The higher quality of the digital images leads to more effective treatment by your dentist, better overall health and less time in the chair for you.  You also gain the assurance of knowing that your full dental profile and history can be transferred electronically and will be available no matter where you travel.

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 Smiles on Beach Boulevard, call us at 904-551-9188 today!