Dental Imaging Services
Whether it's an initial visit or a routine exam, our dentist may use one or more dental imaging techniques to evaluate your oral health and identify and diagnose and potential problems. Our office is equipped with several different dental imaging tools, including digital x-rays, for your safety and convenience.
Digital x-rays have replaced traditional film x-rays with advanced, electronic sensors that make for a more efficient and accurate dental imaging process. They're also safer for our patients, as they significantly reduce the levels of radation exposure. With our digital x-rays, our dentist is able to quickly display the images on a computer screen and identify problems before formulating an effective treatment plan.
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 Smiles at Julington Creek, call us at 904-342-8423 today!
To learn more about the dental imaging and x-ray tools we use at Smiles at Julington Creek in St. Johns, Florida, call us at 904-342-8423 today.