Diagnostic Exams & Teeth Cleaning
Diagnostic exams and regular teeth cleanings are important to the overall health of your teeth. Visiting the dentist regularly is a staple of preventative health care and can aid in preventing cavities and gum disease. Dr. Nancy E. Gill and Dr. Dallas D. Kenson use some of the most advanced technologies to X-ray and photograph your teeth to see any underlying damage that a traditional mirror examination cannot provide. Don’t wait until something is hurting to have a seat in the dentists’ chair, schedule a routine exam with our doctors today.
Dental X-rays are beneficial in finding cavities. A panorex X-ray, or panoramic X-ray, provides a full view of the upper and lower jaws, teeth, temporomandibular (TM) joints, and sinuses. A panorex X-ray shows more of a patient’s oral cavity than a traditional X-ray can.
A panorex X-ray can be used to reveal cysts, tumors, bone irregularities, wisdom teeth and more. And, unlike with a traditional X-ray, the mandibular nerve, which is the nerve going to the lower lip, is fully visualized with a panorex X-ray. The panorex X-ray can also sometimes be able to see calcifications of the carotid artery.
The panorex X-ray machine makes a complete half circle from ear to ear, producing a complete two-dimensional representation of the entire oral cavity. This panoramic view is accomplished by rotating the X-ray film around the patient’s head for approximately twelve seconds.
Less radiation is produced by a panorex X-ray than by a traditional X-ray, and the actual taking of the panorex X-ray is more comfortable for the patient.
An intraoral camera is an advanced diagnostic tool that provides clear, detailed images of the teeth and mouth that a simple mirror examination cannot achieve. These devices have been used since the early 1990s, and are now found in up to half of all dental offices because of their many advantages.
In addition to ensuring a proper diagnosis, an intraoral camera can help a patient understand a diagnosis and recognize the benefits of any recommended treatment. The images from an intraoral camera allow a dentist to view the teeth at magnified levels, and to keep a permanent record of the teeth for comparison over time, and before and after treatment. Photo documentation of the teeth can also help speed up the insurance-claim process by providing clear-cut evidence of dental conditions.
In medicine, 3-D imaging is the process used to create images of the human body and its internal organs. This type of procedure requires a patient to sit or stand still while a machine circles the patient to record the images. Different techniques are used depending on the part of the body being examined and what variety of image is needed. For dentistry, it is used to check the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the patency of the airway. It can also be used to check for tumor or cystic formation in the jaw, as well as locating anatomical landmarks when placing implants.
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