Dr. Contino and Dr. Reed choose 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. Contino and Dr. Reed utilize 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.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
CBCT scanning or Cone Beam Computed Tomography now provides images in three dimensions or “3-D” as it is more commonly referred. CBCT is the latest type of Computer Assisted Tomography or CAT scan. For medical and dental professionals, it really does provide the ability to see and experience the body from the inside; thus changing the way a diagnosis can be made. CBCT greatly benefits patients and makes dentistry more fun to practice. For these reasons, among others, the use of CBCT in dentistry is rapidly increasing. Oral Surgeons using CBCT technology, have the ability to visualize true three-dimensional anatomy of the teeth, jaws and facial skeleton, as well as other vital structures of the head and neck region in precise and extreme detail thus changing the way diagnoses can be made.