Dental Imaging

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Dental Imaging Techniques

Our dental practice uses various dental imaging techniques, such as x-rays, to accurately diagnose any dental issues you may have. Our dentist uses x-rays to ensure we make the correct diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment. They're also valuable in determining whether a particular procedure worked or if further treatment is required. Dental imaging provides our dentist with insight into your oral health is a valuable tool in our dental practice. 

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

Offering superior resolution with less radiation exposure, digital radiography at your North Little Rock 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 Crestwood Dental Care, call us at 501-758-3393 today!

iTero Dental Impressions

iTero dental impressions provide a 3D image of your teeth, eliminating the need for messy waxes. It’s used to create impressions of your teeth for a variety of treatments, including braces, dental fillings, crowns, implants and more. The iTero dental impressions tool takes minutes to complete and doesn't require any protective wear.

Crestwood Dental Care in North Little Rock Arkansas is proud to use advanced dental imaging techniques to better serve you. Contact us at 501-758-3393 to schedule an appointment with our dentist at your convenience. Our staff is available to answer any inquiries you may have.