Dental Imaging Techniques

When you first visit our dentist at Valley Park Dental Care, most of that appointment will be spent taking tests and identifying any dental issues that are present, including x-rays. We utilize a variety of dental imaging techniques at our Valley Park, Missouri, office to ensure that our clients receive the most thorough diagnosis. Take a closer look at the various tools we use, below. 

Digital X-rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are effective and expose patients to less radiation than film x-rays. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or irregular issue with your gums, teeth or enamel.

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 Valley Park Dental Care, call us at 636-529-1460 today!

Our dentist at Valley Park Dental Care utilizes a variety of dental imaging tools to ensure an accurate and thorough diagnosis. If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging techniques, contact our team by calling our Valley Park, Missouri, office at 636-529-1460.