Dental Imaging Techniques
During your initial visit to our dentist, we will use modern dental imaging techniques such as digital x-rays to diagnose any dental condition that may be affecting you. In many cases, these techniques provide immediate results, so our dentist can begin planning appropriate treatment promptly. There are various x-rays available for dental imaging. Some x-ray procedures may be more appropriate than others depending on your symptoms.
Digital x-rays are one of the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, as they do not expose you to as much radiation as traditional film x-rays. The x-ray machine is connected to a computer, which displays the images within minutes of being taking. This not only shortens your appointment times, but it also allows our dentist to review the results with you immediately so you can receive prompt treatment.
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 Plano Smile Design, call us at 972-517-6453 today!
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If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation, contact us today at 972-517-6453 to schedule an appointment. At Plano Smile Design in Plano, Texas, our dentist has a dedicated team of professionals to provide you the oral health results you need!