Diagnosing Your Smile With Digital X-Rays

santa rosa digital xraysWhen you come to us for treatment, we want to plan the process with precision. For greater accuracy, we will diagnose the smile with the use of digital x-rays. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa , CA, oral and maxillofacial surgeons talk about the benefits of our digital x-ray approach.

The Benefits of Going Digital

Using digital x-rays provides a number of benefits for our patients. First, you no longer need to bite down on uncomfortable bite wings for several minutes while we gather images. Second, we don’t need to develop these images and harsh and environmentally unfriendly chemicals. They’re available instantly, and we can walk you through the diagnostic process with them. The process is shorter, more comfortable, and provides a diagnosis with greater levels of accuracy and precisions. They also use a fraction of the radiation that traditional x-rays use, up to 90% less in fact!

Panoramic Images

Using our panoramic option, we can capture your entire mouth in a single x-ray image. This includes your upper and lower teeth, your jaw, jawbones, and tissues. We use these to identify the positions of sinus cavities and nerve tissues, and to also identify any impacted, lost, or uneven teeth. We can also assess the strength of your jawbone too. Capturing the images is easy, the device will completely encircle your head and take images quickly and conveniently. We use this to assess your candidacy for dental implants, or to plan extraction, grafting, sinus lifts, or other common oral surgical procedures.

iCat Scanning

We also use the iCat system, which employs cone-beam computer tomography to create 3D images of the structures in your head and mouth. This is necessary for cases in which we need greater detail than the digital x-rays provide. We often recommend this for those undergoing oral surgery, as we employ this as part of the planning process. Once we have diagnosed your smile and planned the treatment, we will discuss what to expect from your treatment so you can be prepared. We will also use anesthesia and sedation to ensure you feel comfortable throughout the entire procedure. If you have any questions about how we plan and implement your treatment, then please contact our team today. We’re ready to talk to you and schedule your next consultation. Good oral health and a stronger smile is possible in 2022, and we want to help!

Ready to Schedule Your Visit?

Our team always thoroughly plans your treatment to offer care with precision and accuracy. To learn more about how we diagnose and treat common issues with digital technology, then schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.