When you seek care at our dental office in Lakewood TX, you can rest assured that Dr. Kelli Slate and her team use the latest technology to enhance the quality of your dental examinations.
Dr. Slate carefully selects which radiographs are taken and when they are taken (i.e. there are many guidelines that are always followed when taking digital images). Radiographs permit her to see things that cannot be seen with the human eye. For example, radiographs enable Dr. Slate to detect cavities between teeth and analyze the health of a jaw bone. She can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions (e.g. cysts or tumors), as well as assess damage following a trauma.
Dental radiographs are invaluable tools for diagnosis and evaluating the success of treatments. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely small (minimal). With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help to retrieve valuable diagnostic information that cannot be determined in other ways (e.g better visualization of cavities).
One of the great advantages of modern digital imaging is that patient images can be stored, retrieved and shared like any other images on a computer. This makes it easy to email critical information to specialists for further guidance or insurance companies.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are familiar with the latest technology. They are comfortable with a high tech examinations where dentists consult cameras, computers and look at monitor screens.
Dr. Slate is a keen user of intraoral camera technology. This helps her to explain and show you more about her diagnosis and what type of dental treatment is needed. It can also be used to show you the results following dental treatment.
An intraoral camera is a very small device – in many cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows a dentist to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums. A big advantage is that this can mean faster diagnosis with less time in the dentist’s chair for you!
Intraoral cameras also enable the dental practice to save a patient’s images on a computer. They provide a permanent record of treatments, they can be sent easily to other specialists, a laboratory or an insurance company.