Our Dental Imaging Guide
The initial visit to the dentist is mostly for a routine checkup or evaluation to identify the cause of any dental condition. Previously, this was considered to be a time consuming process that required more than one visit. Today, the type of x-ray used during the comprehensive examination may deliver instant results making it convenient for the dentist to quickly identify the problem and determine a treatment.
There are many types of x-rays available for dental imaging. At Dental Care of Westover Hills, our dentist performs an evaluation to provide you with the best treatment suited to your particular needs. Take a closer look at the tools we utilize at our San Antonio, Texas, office, below.
Digital x-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry. This technology replaces conventional x-rays, reducing the use of film, harsh chemicals and waste materials used to capture the images. Unlike traditional x-rays, digital x-rays use less radiation. They also make it easier for our dentist to accurately and efficiently reach a diagnosis as their processing time is faster, providing immediate results.
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 Dental Care of Westover Hills, call us at 210-520-3400 today!
Identifying the issue is the first step for our dentist to further decide on proper treatment. Dental Care of Westover Hills in San Antonio, , has a dedicated team of professionals available to evaluate and correct all of your dental needs. If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation, contact us today to schedule an appointment at 210-520-3400.