Dental Imaging at Heritage Dental Group, St. Peters, MO

Dental Imaging

X-rays generally reveal the 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.

Dental imaging is an advanced procedure that entirely depends on the extent of radiation penetrating through the patient’s dental structures. This radiation hits the film and strikes an image that helps our dentist study the cause of the problem or pain that the patient is suffering from.

Like any other image processing, dental images are also processed in a dark room. This process involves the use of chemicals and is a fairly lengthy and tedious process. The intention is to get the dental imaging done right in the first attempt in order to save the patient from going through another set of radiation.

However, if for some reason the dental imaging fails to capture what it was supposed to capture in the first place, the delay is then inevitable, as the whole process needs to be repeated by our dentist.

This is why dental science has developed new alterations and moderations that have improved the process of dental imaging by a vast measure. Some renowned and improved devices, which have helped improve the overall quality and process of dental imaging, are discussed in this article.

Our dentist at Heritage Dental Group in St. Peters, Missouri, always keep the comfort and needs of the patient above the rest of the concerns. The improved dental imaging devices and techniques discussed here are not alternatives to each other. One might be more useful than the other one, depending on the case our dentist is dealing with. It’s entirely our dentist’s decision in which device to use to achieve the desired results from dental imaging process.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays have become an advancement in many dental fields. Taking X-rays digitally is more convenient and produces more accurate, reliable results than before. This process is safer for the patients and quicker than traditional X-rays. A digital X-ray is safer because it doesn’t expose the patient to harmful X-ray radiations as the previous forms of technology. A digital X-ray is quicker because it gives results without delay, where the device is attached to a computer and shows the X-ray on screen immediately.

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 Heritage Dental Group, call us at 636-441-3466 today!