Dental Imaging

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Our Dental Imaging

X-rays generally reveal defects in your dental structure and various other problems with your teeth. On the other hand, dental imaging is utilized to learn about the presence of cavities, dental infections and oral masses that can be either harmless or threatening. Dental imaging is also used to study bone loss in a patient.

CEPH X-ray

This particular x-ray also gives a comprehensive look at a patient’s dental structure, bones and jaw placements, and only takes a few minutes to develop. The main reason to use this kind of x-ray is to predict the consequences of the procedure or the treatment suggested by our dentist. The CEPH x-ray helps our dentist select the best course of action for the patient.

Digital X-rays

Offering superior resolution with less radiation exposure, digital radiography at your O'Fallon dentist is an excellent way to help diagnose oral problems. Digital X-rays not only use 90% less radiation than traditional film X-rays but are also much less time-consuming.

 Using a small radiographic camera that is only slightly larger than a pen, we capture images of each tooth. This technology eliminates the need for developing or chemical processing of the images. Instead, they appear instantly on a computer screen as each scan is complete. By shifting the angle of the imaging wand only slightly, the dentist can capture every surface of every tooth. 

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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 Deer Creek Dental, call us at 636-240-0115 today!

Our dentist at Deer Creek Dental, O'Fallon, Missouri, is skilled in using these advanced equipment. Call us at 636-240-0115 for an appointment or come to our office today. Our dentist is ready to answer any questions you may have.