Extraoral Digital Scanner
We have recently invested in a new type of X-ray scanner. With a lower-dose and faster process, we can either see a zoomed-out picture (panoramic) of your overall oral health or see zoomed-in pictures (such as bitewings) of your mouth. This approach gives us the information we need in most cases and compares with the four to eighteen x-rays that would be needed with a more traditional approach.
We can also take a look at your maxillary sinuses to examine bone loss or to consider your candidacy for dental implants. The TMJ (jaw joint) is also viewable through a special setting.
In the small number of cases where additional x-rays are needed, we have additional lower-dose digital x-rays that we can use. This all leads to the information we need, while keeping the dosage well below the necessary limits, and is an added benefit you get at our practice.
Instead of having to rely on conventional impression trays and traditional materials, this technology captures an exceptionally precise image digitally with a special camera. The system then converts this into a detailed 3D model, which is used by our laboratory to create a lifelike restoration. With the help of this technology, it is possible to simplify the process of receiving a custom-made restoration, improving patient convenience and comfort as well. It is an example of some of the careful investment in new technology to provide our patients with smart options that may apply to your health and care.
Lower-dose Digital X-Rays
X-rays are usually necessary for diagnosing oral health conditions and planning treatment with needed accuracy. Patients who are pregnant or who have a family history of cancer may have special concerns regarding radiation.
With our low-dose x-ray system, we can gather the information we need while also protecting your health.
At our practice, we have low-dose digital x-rays for this vital process, which avoids many of the pitfalls of traditional X-ray machines. It is also much easier to send your x-rays to insurance companies, and specialists, if needed, for your care. Digital x-rays are captured using a small handheld tool and are ready for viewing almost immediately.
Best of all, the amount of radiation patients are exposed to is reduced by up to 90%. A win for your health, short-term and long-term, compared to alternatives.