During your first visit to the dentist, most of your time is generally spent taking tests to identify any issues regarding your dental health. Many times an x-ray is used to get immediate results of your oral images, making it convenient for the dentist to identify a problem and suggest treatment.
Listed below are a few x-ray and dental imaging techniques that our dentist will most likely use during your visit:
Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray that is necessary when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your doctor may use this technology to produce three-dimensional images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. With cone beam CT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of images. This makes it much easier to analyze the issue and make an accurate diagnosis, allowing for successful treatment planning and completion.Read more about Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging
Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful as they do not expose you to as much radiation as traditional film x-rays. The imaging results helps our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with ease.
The x-ray machine connects to a computer that displays images within minutes. This not only shortens your dental appointment, but also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of needing 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.Read more about Intraoral Camera
iTero Dental Impressions
The iTero Intraoral Scanner allows doctors to take a 3D digital scan of a patient’s teeth and bite rather than using a viscous impression material. This digital impression scanner can be used for veneers, crowns, bridges, surface inlays, onlays, implant abutments from single units to full arches and even modeling an Invisalign treatment. Patients are also able to view before and simulated after images of their dental treatments on an in-office computer display.Read more about iTero Dental Impressions
KaVo DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Finder
A revolutionary way to find cavities without the use x-rays, KaVo Diagnodent Laser Cavity Finder is slowly swept across the enamel of the teeth and emits a signal that provides digital information on the location of a cavity in the tooth.
The KaVo Diagnodent calibrates and yields results with maximum efficiency. The laser is completely safe to use and does not cause any harm to your mouth.
If you have any questions about our dental imaging services or would like to visit our office for a consultation and quote, contact us today.