Dental Imaging Techniques
When you visit our dentist for the first time, most of that initial visit is spent evaluating your mouth and taking dental images in order to diagnose any health issues you may be experiencing. Some x-ray procedures will be more useful than others, depending on the symptoms you have. 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 dentist takes your needs in consideration to provide the best results possible.
Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful as they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays tend to do. The imaging results helps our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with ease.
The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of them being taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.
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 Stone Lake Family Dentistry, call us at 864-271-9062 today!
Stone Lake Family Dentistry in Greenville, South Carolina has a dedicated team of professionals on board to assess and treat all of your dental needs!