When you first visit a dentist, the majority of your appointment is spent taking photos of your teeth. This dental exam is important for the dentist understand your oral health and make an accurate diagnosis. An x-ray is used to get immediate results, making it convenient for the dentist to identify the problem and suggest treatments.
Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful as they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays tend to do. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth, and enamel with ease.
The X-ray machine is connected to a computer that immediately displays the image taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter but also permits our dentist to view and analyze the results immediately.
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 Farabee Family Dental Care, call us at 765-447-7052 today!
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