Advances in digital technology have led to better treatment and diagnosis of dental problems. Dental imaging is one technology that has made a significant difference in how dental problems are diagnosed and treated. Since the discovery of X-rays, film has been the primary medium for capturing, displaying and storing images. But with the latest advancements in digital dental imaging, our dentist is able to deliver better results.
Dental imaging enables a dentist to view your dental anatomy from different and wider angles. A wider view of the bone structure helps our dentist diagnose dental problems more precisely. This tremendous advancement in the field of dentistry not only saves time, it also provides superior and more accurate results.
Below, we will look more closely at different dental imaging techniques and how we utilize them at Alegre Dental @ Bosque in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to effectively treat oral health issues.
Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful because they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays often do. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with ease.
To capture the x-rays, the x-ray machine is connected to a computer that displays the images minutes after they are taken. This quick turnaround not only makes your dental appointment shorter, but 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 Alegre Dental @ Bosque, call us at 505-332-9198 today!
If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging solutions at Alegre Dental @ Bosque, feel free to contact our Albuquerque, New Mexico, office at 505-332-9198. Our professional dentist is capable of handling complex dental problems with the highest quality of care.