Dental Imaging, Rice Creek Family Dentistry, Columbia, SC

Dental Imaging Techniques

When it comes to dental imaging, our dentist often uses new tools and techniques that make dental procedures quicker and more effective. During your initial visit, a lot of time is spent running tests and taking x-rays. 

Digital dental imaging enables dentists to view your dental structures from several different angles. This tremendous advancement in the field of dentistry is not only time saving, but also produces accurate results.

Digital X-rays

Digital X-rays are an important advancement in dentistry. This new technology replaces the concept of traditional films used in conventional x-rays with advanced electronic sensors.

Here are some great benefits of the digital X-ray:

  • It  exposes to less radiation than traditional X-rays often do.

  • It enables dentists to make a more accurate diagnosis.

  • It reduces using wasted materials and harsh chemicals.

  • It produces instant imaging results, especially of any abnormalities present in the teeth, gums, and enamel.

  • Also, dentists can easily adjust the image's contrast or brightness.

The digital x-ray is extremely convenient, and it has become one of the most adopted methods of digital imaging available today.

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 Rice Creek Family Dentistry, call us at 803-788-2676 today!

Our dentist at Rice Creek Family Dentistry in Columbia, South Carolina is experienced in using these types of equipment. Call us for an appointment at 803-788-2676 or come to our office today!