Digital x-rays are one of the best advances in dentistry. These x-rays help our Downey dentist catch oral abnormalities and diseases more effectively with ease.
We can enlarge the images and change the contrast for more accurate diagnoses. Digital x-rays often create sharper images, too, which allows us to catch problems early so we can treat them before they turn into something that can cause a lot of pain and cost a lot of money.
Radiation exposure is something many patients worry about when they’re due for regular x-rays. That is another reason we love this technology: Digital x-rays produce less radiation than traditional film x-rays. In fact, they can produce up to 90% less radiation.
An intraoral camera is a tiny digital camera that is often used for:
- Patient education
The camera can take pictures of just about any area in the mouth, most of which are difficult to see with the naked eye. In the past, we’d try to show a patient a soft-tissue lesion or cracked tooth with our mouth mirror and a hand mirror. It was almost always impossible to see, though.
Now, with intraoral cameras, your Downey dentist can point the camera at a particular spot in your mouth, and you’ll see an enlarged image of it on a computer screen. It’s easier to see what’s going on in your mouth and why you need particular treatments.
Additionally, we can send these images to insurance companies as proof that you need a certain procedure. For example, a crack in a tooth rarely shows up on an x-ray. But with a digital image, we can show your insurance company that a crown is a necessity.