A regular dental visit is more than just opening your mouth and having us look inside it. Sure, that’s a good start on a surface level. However, we want to provide you, and ourselves, a more detailed analysis of what’s happening with your oral health. That’s why your Mansfield, TX, dentists use a variety of digital technology to better understand what’s happening under the surface and to catch any issues early so that we can properly address them with the best treatments.
Taking a dental x-ray, also known as digital radiography, of your teeth and mouth is a safe process. In fact, they use 80 percent less radiation when compared to traditional x-rays. They are also less harmful to the environment because there isn’t any chemical process waste. This procedure, too, is one of the more common diagnostic tools a dentist uses during a regular exam. How often you need them will depend on your current oral health, your age, your disease risk, or any signs that your dentist will want to get a better look at. Some new patients may need to get x-rays to set a baseline for future exams. These will help Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris detect any cavities, evaluate gum health, and diagnose developments with your teeth. And the best part is that you can view your x-rays on a chairside monitor almost immediately after they are taken.
Cone-beam Computed Tomography Scanning
There are times when we want a more precise picture of your oral health. That’s when we utilize cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanning. This process combines multiple digital x-rays taken at different angles and creates a 3D model of your teeth and mouth. CBCT scanning lets us get a more precise diagnosis of any oral health issues that are hard to see. We can then prescribe a more accurate treatment if needed.
An intraoral camera is a tool we use to help us view hard-to-reach places in your mouth. It is a comfortable process that helps us see small details that could be missed during a regular exam. It features a long, narrow handpiece with a tiny camera on its end. A fiber-optic light illuminates the viewing area, with the camera sending images to a larger screen. The digital files from this camera, along with files gathered through our other technology, are easily transmitted to other dental specialists or insurance companies. We also keep them in your dental record so that we can refer to them and monitor any changes to your oral health.
Plan Your Next Visit Today
Find out how we can help you maintain good oral health by using digital technology that is precise and accurate. If you would like to schedule a consultation, then call Mansfield Dental Associates at 817-473-6227.