Dr. Chris Ward and Dr. Cameron Ritter both carefully choose which radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Our practice utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 90 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better. Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you. The radiation you get from dental X-rays is negligible. You receive more radiation by just “living” than you do by going to your dentist.
3-D Cone-Beam CT Scans (CBCT):
Dental imaging took a major leap forward at the beginning of the new millennium with a three-dimensional technology known as cone beam tomography. With the utilization of CBCT Scans, Dr. Ward and Dr. Ritter are able to get amazingly detailed 3-D views of your tooth. Traditional Digital X-Rays are able to to capture two-dimensional (2-D or flat) view of hard tissues (bone and teeth, for an example), while a CBCT scan can image these anatomical structures with less distortion, more clarity, and unlimited perspectives of areas of interest. These details allow Drs. Ward and Ritter to make an accurate diagnosis and choice of treatment best for you.