Our Dental Imaging Services

When you first visit our dentist, most of the time will be spent taking tests and identifying any dental issue present. A number of X-rays are available for dental imaging. Our dentist always takes your needs into consideration when examining the various X-ray options and provides an accurate diagnosis.

Usually an X-ray is used to get immediate answers, making it convenient for our dentist to identify the problem and suggest treatment. The type of X-ray used is based on your symptoms.

Digital X-rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital X-rays are effective and expose you to less radiation than film X-rays. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growth or irregular issue with your gums, teeth or enamel. They have many advantages, mostly in terms of speed, accuracy and safety of use.

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera is a small video camera that takes an image of the outside of the gum or tooth. The intraoral camera resembles an oversized pen. While simultaneously viewing a monitor, the dentist inserts the camera into a patient's mouth and gently shifts it about so that images can be taken from a variety of angles. 

The intraoral camera is extremely helpful in diagnosing dental conditions such as tooth decay and cracked teeth and in educating the patient. Since the intraoral camera is used in tandem with a computer screen or television monitor, your dentist can easily show you, in real-time, if you have a fractured tooth or need gum disease treatment. A picture is worth a thousand words!

Time-savings that come with the intraoral camera are especially noticeable when your dentist needs to take several images at one time. Intraoral camera images are easy to re-take, print and duplicate. Printouts can be sent to dental insurance companies to strengthen claims. In fact, these images are so useful that some insurance companies now accept images via e-mail; the reduced paper trail cuts down on claim-processing time and is an environmentally friendly option as well.

For more information on the intraoral camera at Valley Smiles Dental Care, call us at 256-232-0789 today!

If you have any questions about our dental imaging services or would like to visit us for a consultation, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Your health is your call… it’s time to make it!