What You Should Know About Dental Imaging

Before the advent of dental imaging, a great amount of time was spent on diagnosing the main causes of your dental issues. There were a number of tests and X-rays required for diagnosis as well as for tracking improvements. Innovative dental imaging procedures have enabled us to show corrections in a quicker and clearer manner.

Dental imaging enables our dentist to view your dental anatomy from wider and different angles. For instance, a better angle of bone structure aids in locating dental problems more precisely. This great advancement in the field of dentistry is not only time saving, but also provides excellent and accurate results.

Digital X-rays

A digital X-ray is one of the most important advancements in dentistry. The technology replaces the concept of traditional films used in conventional X-rays with advanced, electronic sensors.

Below are some great benefits of digital X-rays in comparison to the traditional X-ray:

  • Produces less radiation

  • Enables our dentist to make a more accurate diagnosis

  • Reduces the use of materials or harsh chemicals

  • Quicker to use and provides immediate results

  • Produces better image results, enabling our dentist to figure out abnormalities in teeth, gums or enamel instantly.

In addition to that, digital X-rays provide exceptional quality images for our dentist, who is able to adjust the image (contrast or brightness) as needed. This technique has become one of the most adopted methods of digital imaging.

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 Hershey Dental Group, call us at 717-533-2800 today!

Our dentist aims to provide you with high-quality services through the use of the latest technologies. Dental imaging is one of such essential technologies that has considerably raised the standards of dental services.