All You Need to Know About Dental Imaging

An initial visit to the dentist usually consists of quick tests to identify the cause of any prevailing dental condition. But with the advancement of technology in dentistry, our dentist has been able to adopt the latest trends and techniques that are more proficient in comparison to the traditional practices. When it comes to dental imaging, modern day techniques have enabled us to obtain better and faster results. Originally, procedures during this visit took a long time and generally required more than one session.

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. Digital X-rays help diagnose dental health issues more safely and quickly. A digital X-ray emits 90 percent less radiation than a traditional X-ray. The images from this X-ray show up immediately so our dentist can quickly determine your oral health needs.

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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 Franklin Dental Care, call us at 615-942-8780 today!

The benefit of dental imaging is the ability of viewing your dental anatomy from multiple angles. This aids in better identification of dental issues and examining dental anatomy precisely. This development has proved to be time saving and a reliable diagnosis.