Dental Imaging Techniques

Any dentist who aims to provide high-quality services needs to embrace the latest technologies. Dental imaging is one of such essential technologies that has considerably raised the standards of dental services. 

Before the advent of dental imaging, a great amount of time was spent on diagnosing the main causes of your dental issues. There were a number of tests and X-rays required for diagnosis as well as for tracking improvements. Innovative dental imaging procedures have enabled us to show corrections in a quicker and clearer manner.

Dental imaging enables our dentist to view your dental anatomy from wider and different angles. For instance, a better angle of bone structure aids in locating dental problems more precisely. This great advancement in the field of dentistry is not only time saving, but also provides excellent and accurate results.

Ceph X-Ray

A cephalometric X-ray, or ceph X-ray, is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. Ceph X-Rays are extraoral, so patients do not have to insert any sort of trays, bitewings or films into the mouth. They are also safe, fast, painless and extremely effective. 

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Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays have become an advancement in many dental fields. Taking x-rays digitally is more convenient and produces more accurate, reliable results than before. This process is safer for the patients and quicker than traditional x-rays. A digital x-ray is safer because it doesn’t expose the patient to harmful x-ray radiations as the previous forms of technology. A digital x-ray is quicker because it gives results without delay, where the device is attached to a computer and shows the x-ray on screen immediately.

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 Harrisonburg SmileMakers, call us at 540-432-9036 today!

Digital X-rays

Digital X-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry. This technology replaces the traditional films used in conventional X-rays. 

Here are some great benefits of digital X-rays:

  • Unlike traditional X-rays, digital X-rays cause less exposure to radiation.
  • They enable a dentist to make an accurate diagnosis more efficiently.
  • They reduce the use of waste materials or harsh chemicals.
  • They are less time-consuming and provide immediate results.
  • They offer better imaging results, enabling a dentist to instantly detect abnormalities in teeth, gums, or enamel.