Techniques in Dental Imaging

Our dental practice uses many different techniques to concisely diagnose any dental problems that you may present. We use these techniques to offer you treatments that will improve your condition or to verify that a treatment plan has worked. Dental imaging gives our dentist insight into your oral health. The following are the dental imaging techniques we offer at 21st Century Dental in Indianapolis,IN
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Digital X-Rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful because they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays often do. The imaging results help our dentist easily identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel.

The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that displays the images minutes after they are taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.

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 21st Century Dental, call us at 317-899-3106 today!

21st Century Dental in Indianapolis,IN, is glad to use these dental imaging techniques to offer you great service. Contact us at 317-899-3106 to schedule an appointment with our dentist. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have.