Modern Dental Imaging Techniques

To maintain healthy teeth, it’s essential to have good oral and dental hygiene. It is also important to visit our dentist, who will advise you on how to take care of your teeth properly. During your first visit, you can expect to our dentist to perform an oral exam and take x-rays or use other dental imaging techniques.

The dental imaging techniques used today help our dentist to properly diagnose and treat your dental problems that you may experience. There are various kinds of x-rays available for dental imaging, and our dentist considers your needs when selecting which type of dental imaging they will you to diagnose your problem. Some x-ray procedures will be more helpful than others, depending on your symptoms. Listed below are some of the modern dental imaging procedures our dentist may use during your visit.

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays are among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, and they are useful because they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays often do. The imaging results help our dentist easily identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel.

The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that displays the images minutes after they are taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.

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 Amber Hills Family Dental, call us at 623-492-0300 today!

Call us for an appointment at 623-492-0300 or come by our office today. Our staff at Amber Hills Family Dental in Phoenix Arizona is available to answer any questions you may have.