Dental Imaging

Dental Imaging

X-rays are utilized to learn about the presence of cavities, dental infections, and oral masses that can be either harmless or threatening. Dental imaging is also used to study bone loss in a patient.

Dental imaging is an advanced procedure that entirely depends on the extent of radiation penetrating through the patient’s dental structures. This radiation hits the film and strikes an image that helps our dentist study the cause of the problem or pain that the patient is suffering from.

Please see below for the X-ray services we offer:

Digital X-Rays

Taking x-rays digitally is more convenient and produces more accurate, reliable results than before. This process is safer for the patients and quicker than traditional x-rays. A digital x-ray is safer because it doesn’t expose the patient to harmful x-ray radiations as the previous forms of technology. A digital x-ray is quicker because it gives results without delay, where the device is attached to a computer and shows the x-ray on screen immediately.

Oral Cancer Screening Through VELscope

This equipment is especially used for the screening of oral cancer. While oral cancer is not fatal, it can be a major problem if it is not diagnosed or treated in a timely manner. This technology helps in the identification of abnormal tissue development that commonly results in cancer. It also inspects abnormal changes in other parts of the mouth such as the tongue. Oral cancer screening through VELscope beneficial.

  • Fast and consistent treatment of cancer affected area
  • Identification of cancer-related issues at an early stage, unlike other procedures
  • Identification of oral cancer indications which are not visible to an unassisted eye

Digital X-ray

Offering superior resolution with less radiation exposure, digital radiography at your Bel Air dentist is an excellent way to help diagnose oral problems. Digital X-rays not only use 90% less radiation than traditional film X-rays but are also much less time-consuming.

 Using a small radiographic camera that is only slightly larger than a pen, we capture images of each tooth. This technology eliminates the need for developing or chemical processing of the images. Instead, they appear instantly on a computer screen as each scan is complete. By shifting the angle of the imaging wand only slightly, the dentist can capture every surface of every tooth. 

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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 Family Dental of Bel Air, call us at 410-776-3900 today!

If you have any questions about our dental imaging services, please call us at 410-776-3900.