Our Dental Imaging Methods
One of the biggest advancements in dentistry in recent years has been in dental imaging. The transition from traditional film x-rays and imaging techniques to digital has improved accuracy and precision in diagnostics and treatment planning, while also making appointments more efficient and reducing radiation exposure for patients.
Digital x-rays offer numerous advantages over traditional films, most importantly that they result in far less radiation exposure. Aditionally, this advanced dental imaging ensures greater accuracy and precision in the detection and diagnosis of dental diseases. Digital x-rays also result in more efficient appointments and treatment planning, as the results are available instantly.
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 Smiles at Goose Creek, call us at 843-285-5950 today!
At Smiles at Goose Creek in Goose Creek, South Carolina, our dentist is experienced in the use of advanced tools and technology for the diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases. Call us at 843-285-5950 for an appointment.