Techniques in Dental Imaging

To better detect, diagnose, treat and monitor oral conditions and diseases, dental professionals are using digital radiography, a type of X-ray imaging that uses digital X-ray sensors to replace traditional photographic X-ray film, thus producing enhanced computer images of teeth, gums and other oral structures and conditions.

Digital X-Rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital X-rays are useful as they do not expose you to as much radiation as film X-rays do. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.

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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 Creative Smiles Dental, call us at 504-885-0467 today!

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Creative Smiles Dental in Metairie, Louisiana, uses dental imaging techniques for faster and better results. Contact us at 504-885-0467 to schedule an appointment with our dentist at your convenience. Our staff is available to answer any of your questions.