Dental Imaging Techniques
When you visit our dentist at Affordable Dentistry Today, a large part of the initial visit is spent diagnosing any dental issues you may be experiencing. In many cases, the kind of x ray used can provide immediate results, which makes it easier for both our dentist and you to understand the problem and assess it accordingly. Our dental office in Alton, Illinois, offers a variety of dental imaging techniques to provide the most thorough dental diagnosis possible. Learn more about these options, below.
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Offering superior resolution with less radiation exposure, digital radiography at your Alton dentist is an excellent way to help diagnose oral problems. Digital X-rays not only use 90% less radiation than traditional film X-rays but are also much less time-consuming.
Using a small radiographic camera that is only slightly larger than a pen, we capture images of each tooth. This technology eliminates the need for developing or chemical processing of the images. Instead, they appear instantly on a computer screen as each scan is complete. By shifting the angle of the imaging wand only slightly, the dentist can capture every surface of every tooth.Read more about Digital X-ray
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 Affordable Dentistry Today, call us at 618-465-5815 today!
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If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services, contact our staff by calling 618-465-5815. Our team at Affordable Dentistry Today in Alton, Illinois, is here to answer any questions or explain these processes in more detail.