Over the past three decades, dentistry has seen great advancements. Consequently, the need for more precise diagnostic tools, specifically imaging methods, has become mandatory. Transitioning from analog to digital radiography has not only made the process simpler and faster but has also made image storage, manipulation and retrieval easier. Some of the innovative technologies available at our practice are listed below.
Digital x-rays have been one of the most important innovations in dentistry and dental imaging. Digital radiography has replaced conventional film x-rays, reducing patient radiation exposure and improving image quality. Additionally, the images are available for our dentist to review instantly, so you don't have to wait hours or days to get your results.
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 St. Lucie West Dental Care, call us at 772-249-0488 today!
Call us at 772-249-0488 for an appointment or to discuss ant concerns with our dentist. Our team is experienced in the use of advanced dental imaging tools and technology for the treatment and diagnosis of dental diseases.