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Digital Dental X-rays Tustin and Santa Ana
Computerized digital X-rays have changed the world of dentistry from traditional to New Age show-and-tell projection of treatment. It is now easier to explain the regimen plan to the patients with visual aids and the possibilities of dental therapy.
The oral health affects all other organs within the body, and it is imperative that patients are well educated about their choices of treatment. All dental professionals are now able to present the pros and cons of treatment options and have patients fully participate in the decision-making process.
LifeTime Smiles of OC is pleased to offer digital dental X-rays in Tustin, Santa Ana and the surrounding areas.
Full Set X-rays
Typically, a full set of X-rays is taken at the time of the first visit to the dentist to establish the patient’s present oral status. Additional single X-rays may be taken preoperatively and post-operatively to monitor the patient’s progress with the treatment. There are several types of X-rays, and they all serve different purposes. These may include the following:
- Periapical X-rays:A single radiograph taken when treating a specific area. This X-ray shows the entire tooth structure including the root and the apex of the tooth.
- Bitewing X-rays:Taken to view any interproximal caries on posterior teeth.
- Occlusal X-rays:Taken on fully edentulous patients to analyze their remaining bone structure.
- Panorex (Panellipse):Taken to see the entire upper and lower arches of the teeth, any impacted wisdom teeth and TMJ distortions.
- Cephalometric X-rays:Typically taken by orthodontists to view the development of the jaw structures in young patients.
As the technology is advanced, the discomfort of taking the X-rays is minimized to the patient, and the results are available for immediate viewing. The precision of the digital radiographs allows the dental provider to fully explain the options of treatment. Tustin / Santa Ana digital dental X-rays can also be forwarded to insurance companies to ensure that the procedure is covered and will not become a financial burden on the patient.
When taking the X-rays, every patient is furnished with the abdomen and thyroid leaded aprons and collars to diminish the exposure to radiation. This practice is especially important for women who are pregnant or patients who are undergoing any radiation therapy such as cancer management.
Panoramic radiography: also known as a panoramic X–ray, this consists of a two-dimensional or 2-D dental X–ray examination that captures the entire mouth in a one single image, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, surrounding structures and tissues.
Dental Cone Beam CT: Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of X-ray equipment that is used in rare cases when regular dental or facial X-rays are unable to accurately assess a potential dental issue. Cone beam CT scans are also helpful in planning out the placement of dental implants. We are pleased to offer this technology at LifeTime Smiles of OC, along with digital X-rays in Tustin and Santa Ana, which allows us to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan in cases where needed.
To learn more about why we take digital dental X-rays, call or email our office today.