During the past three decades, dentistry has witnessed great advances in all its branches. Consequently, the need for more precise diagnostic tools, specifically imaging methods, has become mandatory. From the simple intra-oral periapical X-rays to advanced imaging techniques like magnetic resonance imaging, cone beam computed tomography, computed tomography, and ultrasound have also found their place in modern dentistry. Moving from analog to digital radiography has not only made the process simpler and faster, but has also made image storage, manipulation, and retrieval easier. Three-dimensional imaging has made the complex craniofacial structures more accessible for examination and for the early and accurate diagnosis of conditions that range from mild to severe. Some of these innovative technologies will be discussed in this article.
A cephalometric X-ray, or ceph X-ray, is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. Ceph X-Rays are extraoral, so patients do not have to insert any sort of trays, bitewings or films into the mouth. They are also safe, fast, painless and extremely effective.Read more about Ceph X-Ray
Digital X-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry. This technology replaces the traditional films used in conventional X-rays. Digital X-rays help diagnose dental health issues more safely and quickly. A digital X-ray emits 90 percent less radiation than a traditional X-ray. The images from this X-ray show up immediately so our dentist can quickly determine your oral health needs.
An intraoral camera is a small device, about the size of a pen, that allows our dentist to get a closer look at the inside of your mouth and places that may be harder to see. An intraoral camera is also used to take pictures inside your mouth before a procedure begins and after it is completed, allowing our dentist to see the changes in your teeth.Read more about Intraoral Camera
Digital dental imaging makes it easier for our dentist to diagnose oral diseases and abnormalities. Images are usually taken after our dentist has conducted an initial examination and the technology to be used will be determined according to your age and dental history, among other factors.
Our dentist in Fort Smith, Arkansas is experienced in the use of advanced tools and technology for the treatment and diagnosis of dental diseases. Call us at 479-452-7454 for an appointment or come by the office today to discuss any concerns you may have with our dentist.