Everything to Know About Dental Imaging

Everything to Know About Dental Imaging

Due to the advancement of modern technology, our dentist has adopted new tools and techniques that are more efficient and effective than their conventional counterparts. The same is true when it comes to dental imaging. These new procedures provide better, faster and clearer results. Come see for yourself!

Ceph X-Ray

A cephalometric X-ray, or ceph X-ray, is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. Ceph X-Rays are extraoral, so patients do not have to insert any sort of trays, bitewings or films into the mouth. They are also safe, fast, painless and extremely effective. 

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Digital X-Rays and Their Benefits

Digital X-rays have become an advancement in dental fields. Taking X-rays digitally is more convenient and produces accurate, more reliable results than before. This process is safe for you and quicker than the traditional X-ray.

Digital X-rays in no way expose individuals to harmful X-ray radiation as the previous technology used to do. It gives instant results. The device is attached to a computer and shows the X-ray on screen immediately.

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 Mechanicsburg Family Dentistry, call us at 717-761-8056 today!

Our dentist at Mechanicsburg Family Dentistry in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is experienced in using these new, advanced tools of dentistry. Call us at 717-761-8056 for an appointment or stop by our office today. Our team is here waiting to assist you and answer any concerns you may have.