If you’re like most people, you’d rather prevent any teeth and gum problems before they get started. If you do need treatment for a dental problem, catching it early helps ensure a more conservative treatment and cost. Fortunately, this is possible using dental imaging for diagnostics in Lafayette, LA.
Digital imaging, photography, and x-rays are essential tools in preventing, diagnosing, and treating all kinds of dental issues. For example, using precision, high-resolution digital imaging, dentists can see subtle changes in periodontal bone loss and dental decay.
Here’s a look at two common types of digital imaging that provide highly accurate dental diagnoses and treatments.
Digital Dental X-Rays
Intraoral x-rays reveal information about your teeth and gums that dentists can’t see with a visual inspection alone. You may receive a digital x-ray under these circumstances:
At your first dental appointment to provide a baseline of your dental health
- During your annual dental exam, to check your teeth and gums and compare the results with your last visit
- To check the status of previously detected tooth decay
- To monitor the presence of gum disease
- To look for tooth damage, cysts, or abscesses
- To prepare for or monitor orthodontic treatment
CBCT Scanning with Prexion 3D
The Prexion 3D Scanner uses cone beam computed tomography to give your dentist a 3D look at your bone structure and other facial tissues. If you’re a candidate for dental implants, your dentist will use CBCT scanning to determine if your underlying bone is sufficient for the implant.
The CBCT scanning technology is also used as a diagnostic tool before surgery to map and assess affected areas, to identify impacted molars, prepare for orthodontics, and evaluate endodontic and sinus issues.
Call Your Friendly Lafayette Dentist
Drs. Smith and Dominique put your comfort and concerns first. We’re proud of our digital imaging for diagnostics in Lafayette, LA and look forward to helping you with your preventative care and dental treatments. Give us a call today to get started with our friendly team.