The Advantages of Dental Imaging at Whispering Oaks Family Dental San Antonio

The Advantages of Dental Imaging

When you visit our dentist, we will use modern techniques for testing and/or diagnosing any dental issues you may be experiencing. In many cases, the kind of x ray used can provide immediate results, which makes it easier for both our dentist and you to understand the problem and assess it accordingly.  

There are various kinds of x rays available for dental imaging. Our dentist takes your needs into consideration to provide a great service. Some x-ray procedures will be more feasible than others depending on the symptoms you have.  

Digital X-Rays 

Digital x-rays are a wonderful advancement in dentistry and are among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques today. The technology replaces traditional film used in conventional X-rays with advanced electronic sensors. This makes digital x-rays safer, as they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays tend to do. The imaging result helps our dentist easily identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel.  

The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of it being taken. This makes your dental appointment shorter and also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days. 

This technique provides exceptional quality images that can be adjusted (contrast or brightness) as needed by using some simple processing methods. 

Benefits:

  • Digital x-rays cause less exposure to radiation.
  • Enables our dentist to make an accurate diagnosis more efficiently.
  • Reduces the use of waste materials or harsh chemicals.
  • Less time-consuming and provides immediate results.
  • Better imaging results enable our dentist to instantly notice irregularities in teeth, gums or enamel.

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 Whispering Oaks Family Dental, call us at 210-293-0696 today!

If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation and quote, do not hesitate to contact us today at 210-293-0696 to schedule an appointment.