Great technological advances have been taking place in dentistry over the past three decades. 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 cranio-facial structures more accessible for examination and for the early and accurate diagnosis of conditions that range from mild to severe.
Depending on the case, one might be more useful than another and only our dentist can determine which is the most appropriate one. However, it is important to note that these improved dental imaging devices and technologies are not alternatives to dental treatments.
Digital X-rays are more convenient and produce better, more accurate results than the traditional x-rays. Digital x-rays are safer because they do not expose the patient to harmful x-ray radiations, and are also much quicker for the dentist to use.
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 Dug Gap Family Dentistry, call us at 706-278-2272 today!