The field of digital dental impressions is quickly growing as evidenced by the number of new scanner systems with more features and benefits, increasing the differences between digital impressions vs. conventional impressions. There are systems that use laser technology to scan and measure distances from the tooth surface to acquire the image. There are also systems that use a blue LED (light-emitting diode), such as optical scanners, that acquire a representation of the tooth morphology. From diagnostics and treatment to superior image quality, digital imaging builds efficiency into every interaction between our dentist and you. To learn more about these new and improved dental imaging tools, keep reading.
Digital X-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry. This technology replaces conventional X-rays, reducing the use of film, harsh chemicals and waste materials used to capture the images. Unlike traditional X-rays, digital X-rays use less radiation. They also make it easier for our dentist to accurately and efficiently reach a diagnosis as their processing time is faster, providing immediate results.
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 Dental Care at Eldersburg Commons, call us at 410-875-7241 today!
Our dentist at Dental Care at Eldersburg Commons in Sykesville, Maryland is experienced in dental imaging. Call us at 410-875-7241 for an appointment or visit our office today. Our dentist will answer any questions you might have.