What You Should Know About Dental Imaging

Dental imaging techniques have come a long way in recent years. Modern technology allows our dentist to take high quality, detailed images of your teeth, gums, jaw structure and other tissues to better monitor your oral health and accurately diagnose problems in their earliest stages. At Warner Robins Family Dentistry, we use several different dental imaging technologies to safely and efficiently take images and scans of your mouth. 

Digital X-rays

Digital x-rays are an essential tool in modern dentistry. They've replaced conventional technology to provide patients with a safer, more comfortable and more efficient dental imaging process. Digital x-rays result in less radiation exposure, and because of the use of electronic sensors, the images taken are highly detailed and available for immediate review by our dentist. This means the x-ray process takes mere minutes to complete and patients receive the results immediately. This ensures treatment can begin promptly when necessary. 

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 Warner Robins Family Dentistry, call us at 478-922-2910 today!

iTero Dental Impressions

iTero Dental Impressions is a 3D scanner that allows our dentist to obtain precise digital images of the teeth. These impressions can then be used to create custom dental restorations like fillings, crowns, dental implants and more. Impressions taken with this advanced dental imaging tool are also used to plan orthodontic treatment and to create orthodontic appliances like Invisalign aligners. 

If you want the best in dental imaging and overall oral care, turn to Warner Robins Family Dentistry. Call our Warner Robins, Georgia, office today at 478-922-2910 to learn more about our dental imaging tools or to schedule an appointment.