X-rays are created by using a focused beam of X-ray photons that pass through bone and tissue. Soft tissue in your body does not absorb X-ray photos as well as the
calcium atoms that make up your bone. The resulting image is produced on special film showing the structure through which it passed. This provides the familiar
black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues there
would be no way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
In our office we use digital radiography, which allows us to take X-rays using up to 60% less radiation than conventional film X-rays. Using this technology, we are
able to take an X-ray of your mouth by using a small sensor, which records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer. The result is a highly detailed image
of your mouth that can easily be enhanced to better diagnosis dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case.
Our office is a completely digital (paperless) dental office. This means all X-rays and charting are made and recorded with the aid of the computer. This technology
allows us to maintain your dental records electronically and cut down the unnecessary paperwork used with traditional paper charting. Traditional paper charting is
difficult to keep standardized from doctor to hygienist to assistant—even handwriting differences and coding make the charts look different. The computer eliminates
this problem by using consistent charting methods that are accurate and precise, making it easy to read your dental chart and see up-to-date information.
Digital charting standardizes the charting process so it is clear, easy to understand, and enables us to provide on the most accurate and precise care to our patients.
Digital charting allows us to quickly and securely share information with your other health care providers when needed.
We use small cameras about the size of a pen, called intraoral cameras, to help clearly see the condition of your teeth and gums.
With this advanced technology we can zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal fillings with extreme precision. The full-color images taken
with the intraoral camera are sent to a computer screen so we can clearly see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology.
Because images are displayed on our screens, patients will also be able to see areas being worked on and are able to gain a better understanding of dental
procedures being performed.
We use digital imaging software in our office, which allows us to take a digital picture of you and use our imaging system to predict how a particular treatment or
cosmetic procedure would change the appearance of your teeth. This software is beneficial for patients who are considering cosmetic procedures but are not sure
if they’re ready for dramatic changes. Digital imaging also allows us to document your dental case and procedures very well. We take digital images of your face,
teeth and smile to provide us with a permanent dental record and to provide a visual documentation of treatment.
Our office utilizes electronic claims processing. This means that rather than sending your dental claim through the mail, it is sent electronically to your insurance
company with the click of the button. By filing your claim electronically, information is submitted more efficiently and with fewer errors. This benefits our patients
because the turn around time on claims is faster and fewer claims are returned or denied. We are happy to submit your dental claims to your insurance company
on your behalf.