The modern dental imaging techniques used at Affordable Dentistry Today help our dentist achieve the most thorough diagnosis. At our dental office in Bloomington, Illinois, we offer a variety of x-ray methods and imaging tools to ensure every area of the mouth can be photographed. Take a closer look at these methods below.
Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are popular because they do not expose patients to as much radiation as traditional film x-rays. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.
During the process, the x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the images within minutes of them being taken. This quick turnaround not only shortens the duration of your appointment, but it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having 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.
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 Affordable Dentistry Today, call us at 309-661-0197 today!
The x-ray and dental imaging techniques are a vital component of assisting our patients with their oral health. If you have any questions regarding the processes and systems our dentist utilizes, learn more by calling our office at 309-661-0197. The staff at Affordable Dentistry Today is here to answer all of your questions and address any concerns!