Our Dental Imaging Services
The initial consultation with our dentist is mostly for evaluation, routine checkup or to identify the cause of a troublesome dental condition. X-rays are usually included during this visit, as they can reveal problems with your teeth or bones not visible to the naked eye.
Please see below to learn more about the various x-ray services we offer:
iTero Dental Impressions
iTero Dental Impression uses a 3D scanner to take clear, accurate and instant impressions of the teeth. The many advantages of iTero Dental Impressions include:
- Highly accurate, comfortable and time-saving compared to traditional impression methods
- Captures 100,000 laser points with great accuracy and perfect focus for impeccable precision
- No messy waxes or gels that cause gagging and other problems during the impression process
- Provides a detailed digital map of the mouth, aiding in the diagnosis and treatment of dental problems
This process is safer for patients because there is signifcantly less exposure to radiation than with traditional x-rays. Digital x-rays are also faster because the machine is connected to a computer, which can receive and display the captured images immediately.
This technology allows our dentist to get a clear view of your mouth from various angles, to verify if you have any problems with your teeth or gums.
Oral Cancer Screening Through VELscope
This equipment is designed to detect traces of oral cancer that are invisible to the naked eye. Oral cancer is highly treatable when detected early, and this technology helps to identify abnormal tissues in their earliest stages, giving patients the highest chances of survival.
A cephalometric X-ray, or ceph X-ray, is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. Ceph X-Rays are extraoral, so patients do not have to insert any sort of trays, bitewings or films into the mouth. They are also safe, fast, painless and extremely effective.Read more about Ceph X-Ray
Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used 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
Digital x-rays have become one of the most popular dental imaging techniques, as they do not expose you to as much radiation as traditional film x-rays. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities with your teeth or jawbone.
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 Family Dentistry of Arnold, call us at 636-464-1008 today!
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