Dental Imaging Techniques
Our dental practice uses various dental imaging techniques to precisely diagnose any dental issues that you may present. Dental imaging provides our dentist with insight into your oral health and has proven to be very useful for our dental practice. We use these techniques to offer you treatments that will take care of your unique conditions or to verify that a treatment plan has worked. The following are the dental imaging techniques we offer at Streets of St. Charles Dental.
Digital X-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry and one of the most popular dental imaging devices. This technology replaces conventional X-rays, reducing the exposure to radiation, the use of film, harsh chemicals and waste materials used to capture the images. The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of them being 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. 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 Streets of St. Charles Dental, call us at 636-493-6494 today!
Streets of St. Charles Dental in St. Charles Missouri is happy to use these dental imaging techniques to better service you and your oral health needs. Contact us at 636-493-6494 to schedule an appointment with our dentist at your convenience. Our staff is available to answer any inquiries you may have.