Digital x-rays are one of the most important advancements in dental imaging, replacing the concept of traditional films used in conventional x-rays with electronic sensors. It's one of the more common imaging techniques today due to its usefulness and benefits, particularly because it does not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays tend to do.
The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that shows the image within minutes of it being taken, resulting in exceptional, high-quality images that help our dentist easily identify any growths or irregularities in the gums, teeth and enamel. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows our dentist to issue a faster diagnosis instead of having to wait hours or days. This is vital, especially for conditions that respond better during their early stages.
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 Wheatland Family Dental, call us at 316-295-2830 today!