Dental Imaging

Nine Different Techniques for Dental Imaging Used by Dentists

When you first consult our dentist, most of that initial appointment will be spent doing tests and identifying any dental issues. A number of x-ray tools and techniques are available for dental imaging, which our dentist will take into account, along with your needs, and provides an accurate diagnosis. Oftentimes, an x-ray will be done to obtain immediate results, which our dentist then uses to identify the problem and suggest treatment.

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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 Reedy Branch Family Dentistry, call us at 904-363-3559 today!