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DIGITAL X-RAY

Our commitment to implementing the latest technology has allowed our practice to remain highly efficient, using cutting edge techniques. Thanks to constant research and development in dentistry, the modern techniques we employ allow our patients to receive dental treatment without the discomfort associated with old-fashioned dentistry.

One of the newer technologies that we employ is digital radiography, intraoral camera and digital panoramic x-ray.

HOW DO DIGITAL X-RAYS WORK?
Similar to traditional x-rays, we place a sensor that is about the size and shape of a normal x-ray film inside your mouth. After a quick x-ray, a scanner sends signals to a computer that are translated into electronic pictures of your teeth, supporting bones, and gums.

WHY DO WE USE DIGITAL X-RAYS?

  • The patient receives approximately 90% less radiation than with traditional x-rays.
  • We get larger, more detailed images to help diagnose more accurately.
  • We can share the x-ray image with patients on our in room monitor to explain areas of concern or answer questions.
  • There is no developing involved, so no harmful chemicals are used.
  • The digital x-rays can be enlarged for clarification, and are stored in your file for future reference.
  • Immediate results from digital x-rays means less time developing x-rays and more time spent with the patient.
  • Digital x-rays can be submitted along with dental insurance claims to expedite the reimbursement process.

DIGITAL PANORAMIC X- RAYS

One type of x-ray commonly used in dentistry — the panoramic X-ray gives a broad overview of the entire mouth. This X-ray supplies information about the teeth, upper and lower jawbone, sinuses, and other hard and soft tissues of the head and neck. One advantage of the panoramic X-ray is its ease of use.

Unlike other X-rays where the film is placed inside the patient’s mouth, the panoramic image is taken by a machine that moves around the patient’s head. Some people may be familiar with the panoramic X-ray because it is usually taken when the wisdom teeth are being evaluated.

The X-ray will also reveal deep cavities and dental gum disease, but it is not as precise as bitewing or periapical X-rays.

The panoramic X-ray has many other applications, including evaluating patients with past or present TMJ or jaw joint problems; those who require full or partial removable dentures, dental implants or dental braces; those who are at risk or suspected of having oral cancer symptoms or other tumors of the jaw, have impacted teeth (especially impacted wisdom teeth) or have had any recent trauma to the face or teeth (i.e. can help identify a fractured jaw); and for those who cannot tolerate other types of films (severe gaggers).

INTRAORAL CAMERAS

At Gadam Dental Care we believe that an educated patient is a happy and satisfied patient. To help achieve this we use intraoral cameras. These small, lightweight cameras are about the size of a dental handpiece.

They fit easily into the mouth and allow us to take digital photographs that produce images immediately on the nearby computer screen.

Being able to show patients any issues that they may have is a real benefit – it is far easier for us to explain conditions, and far easier for you to understand. You know the saying ” A picture is worth a thousand words”!

Digital images can be e-mailed to a dental specialist for immediate review. Digital X-rays are taking away the expense and time needed to copy files and mail them to another dentist, making it easier to transfer dental records.

STERILIZATION

You may not be aware of all we do to ensure your protection from cross-communicated viruses. In fact, it’s a large part of our day, and we’re committed to the task.

We use disposable items wherever we can. Every surface in the operatory is secured against airborne bacteria with physical barriers. Our sterilization procedures are complex, monitored by an outside agency, and, not incidentally, much more than OSHA, the American Dental Association, the Centers for Disease Control, and local agencies require.

We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t care about you, your health, and your good looks. We want you to feel comfortable, all the time. Please ask about our sterilization program and we’ll be more than happy to show you what we’re doing.

Meticulous cleaning of all instruments prior to sterilization, usually in an ultrasonic machine, followed by inspection and additional cleansing of each instrument by hand prior to sterilization.

Routine maintenance of all instruments and equipment as recommended by manufacturers.

Sterilization of non-disposable plastic instruments by immersion in hospital grade sterilizing fluid for 15 hours.