Dr. Toothman and Dr. Reid choose carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see things we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Toothman and Dr. Reid utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital xrays, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital xrays can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information.
Digital xrays allow us to store patient images, and enable us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
Dr. Toothman and Dr. Reid utilize intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to gain more information when needed and help communicate with our patients. With clear, defined, enlarged images, our patients can see details that they may not be able to see in a standard mirror.
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, or insurance companies.