Dental Imaging Techniques
X-rays are typically taken at new patient visits and then at least once per year at one of your biannual exams to monitor for any changes in your oral health. In addition to digital x-rays at these appointments, our dentist may use several other dental imaging techniques, particularly if you present symptoms of decay, infection or some other problem.
At Springfield Complete Dentistry, we use digital x-rays because they are safer and more effective. They result in far less radiation exposure for our patients and because they're digital, the images are instantly available to view on the computer. As a result, our dentist can analyze the images and give you your results immediately. You'll never have to wait hours, days or weeks to find out what your x-rays showed.
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 Springfield Complete Dentistry, call us at 703-354-8811 today!
At Springfield Complete Dentistry in Springfield, Virginia, we have a dedicated team of professionals on board to assess and treat all of your dental health needs through safe and effective dental imaging techniques. To learn more about our dental imaging techniques or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 703-354-8811 today.