Dr. Roberts chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Roberts utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Our office utilizes DEXIS digital radiography. This state of the art x-ray system allows us to take the necessary radiographs to diagnose your dental condition. Your previous dentist may have taken radiographs in the past. Any current x-rays can be forwarded to our office either via mail or e-mail. Please fill out a release of record with your previous dental office, so these reach our office in a timely manner. It is vital that we have diagnostic quality radiographs. If we do not have proper radiographs forwarded, new ones will be taken. Generally your first visit to our office will be for a Comprehensive New Patient Examination with a Full Mouth Series of radiographs. Our treating dentist will determine what radiographs they will need for proper diagnosis.
Dr. Roberts utilizes Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. The intraoral camera is an amazing diagnostic tool for viewing different angles in the mouth that we would not have been able to just a few years ago. The camera gives us the ability to view the entire mouth, tooth by tooth, on a monitor so that we can get a closer look at any potential issues or problems that may arise. Now you can see what we see in your mouth, making it even easier to understand your dental condition and treatment options. With early diagnosis, we can treat these potential problems before they become big problems. These digital images are also a supplemental tool we use to help gain procedure acceptance from insurance companies.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be sent to specialists,and your insurance companies.
CariVu™ is a compact, portable decay detection device that uses transillumination technology to support the identification of carious lesions and cracks. By hugging the tooth and bathing it in safe, near-infrared light, CariVu’s technology makes the enamel appear transparent while porous lesions trap and absorb the light. This unique caries detector allows our doctors to see through the tooth exposing its structure and the actual structure of any carious lesions with very high accuracy.