Our Dental Imaging

The initial visit to the dentist is mostly for a routine check-up or evaluation to identify the cause of any dental condition. Previously this was considered to be a lengthy process that also required more than one visit. Nowadays, the type of x-ray used during the comprehensive examination may deliver instant results, making it convenient for the dentist to quickly identify the problem and determine a treatment.  

There are many types of x-rays available for dental imaging. At Dental Care on San Antonio, our dentist performs an evaluation to provide you with the best treatment suited to your particular needs. Dental Care on San Antonio offers several x-ray and dental imaging tools.

Bien Air Hand Pieces

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Ceph X-Ray

A cephalometric X-ray, or ceph X-ray, is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. Ceph X-Rays are extraoral, so patients do not have to insert any sort of trays, bitewings or films into the mouth. They are also safe, fast, painless and extremely effective. 

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Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your doctor may use this technology to produce three dimensional  images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. With cone beam CT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of images. This makes it much easier to analyze the issue and make an accurate diagnosis, allowing for successful treatment planning and completion. 

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Digital X-rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful as they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays tend to do. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with ease.

The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of being taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.

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 Dental Care on San Antonio, call us at 505-797-3000 today!

iTero Dental Impressions

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KaVo DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Finder

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Smile Vision technology

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Identifying the issue is the first step for our dentist to further decide on the proper treatment. Dental Care on San Antonio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has a dedicated team of professionals available to evaluate and correct all of your dental needs.

If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation, contact us today to schedule an appointment.