Digital Radiography – Advantages | Why are Radiographs Necessary?
All dental images are obtained using a periapical or panoramic digital radiograph device.
The innovative panoramic digital radiograph device can produce an image of the teeth and the entire mouth in 2-10 seconds. The quality of the results is excellent and the amount of radiation is negligible.
The image is received immediately on the computer screen, enabling the patients to understand their oral situation exactly.
The best digital panoramic radiograph device in the world (Planmeca) gives the dentist the ability to perform meticulous treatment at any given moment. Now, there’s no need to send the patient to perform a radiograph externally, saving money and time.
The radiographic examination is an inseparable part of the diagnostic process in the field of dentistry. Every diagnosis or treatment plan without radiographic means of examination will be significantly lacking. The images allow us to identify:
A. Caries between teeth – which usually cannot be seen in the clinical examination.
B. The condition of the teeth and of the existing restorations (fillings, crowns, etc.).
C. The condition of the bone surrounding the tooth – information which helps to diagnose periodontal disease, for example.
D. Pathologies in the teeth – growths and cysts related or unrelated to the teeth.
E. Anatomy of the jaws – assists in determining the means of treatment. For example: the height and width of the bone, the location of the sinus in the region of the upper jaw, the location of the nerves and large blood vessels. This information could change the treatment plan and is of critical importance in cases of dental implants.
Many people express concern regarding exposure to x-rays during dental x-ray screenings.
Keep in mind that in our daily lives, we are constantly exposed to various types of radiation of which we are almost entirely unaware; for example, daily exposure to natural radiation, radiation from cellular phones, computers, and the like.
Extensive research conducted over the past years shows that the amount of radiation which we are exposed to during a dental x-ray is very minute and has no influence on our health. In a digital image, the radiation is even less, up to 20 times less – that is, only approximately 5% of the amount of a regular x-ray.
There is no problem with performing a radiograph of pregnant women, but there are additional safety measures available which the dentist will use in cases of pregnancy. The recommended trimester for dental treatments is the second trimester.
Types of radiographs and their purposes:
1. Bitewing radiograph – An image whose purpose is to diagnose caries, calculus and slight bone recession and to examine the condition of restorations performed. The bite radiograph is the primary diagnostic tool.
2. Periapical radiograph – An image of 2-4 teeth alone, whose purpose is to provide information about the teeth and the surrounding tissue in just a limited area. Its main advantage is the great precision provided and the possibility to enlarge it to clarify details.
3. Panoramic radiograph – A standard image for new patients and at routine checkups. It provides trustworthy, useful information about the teeth, restorations performed, bone level and gingival problems, jaw joint problems, and various pathologies (growths and cysts) which were not discovered in a clinical examination. This radiograph is not a substitute for a CT image or bite radiographs.
4. CT – This is not exactly one image, but rather a computerized analysis of multiple images. The jaw bone can be viewed as a three dimensional image, thus greatly assisting in planning rehabilitation supported by implants, precise identification of the jaw anatomy and identification of pathologies in the jaw area.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) for inflammation and pain:
Dr. Jerry Kohen’s Dental Center is dedicated to standing at the forefront of technology and therefore, we currently are offering our patients a treatment option of low level laser therapy for inflammation and pain. Over 2000 studies have been conducted in this field, and the vast majority of them have determined that treatment with a low level laser is effective and safe. The use of low level laser is also used in general medicine to treat muscle and joint pain and to heal wounds; today, it is used in dentistry as well.
What is low level laser therapy (LLLT)?
A laser is a focused light source with special physical traits. In contrast to a high level laser, which utilizes its thermal (hot) effect, a low level laser is used for photochemical treatment. When the beam of light reaches the tissue being treated, it catalyzes positive processes in the cells without any risk or side effects. Thus, the low level laser can be used as an effective, safe method of treating inflammation and pain.
The results of the processes which take place in tissue which has been exposed to low level laser are effective, quality, quick healing, and increase in blood flow, reduction of inflammatory processes, decrease in pain – all without side effects.
At the dental center, we have chosen to use the Terradent device and the B-CURE device, that have two significant advantages:
1. The devices include, in addition to the low level laser, a visible red light, an infrared light and a magnetic field. The combination of various sources produces a synergetic effect and better results.
2. The devices are the only ones that offer treatment at the dental center and treatment at the home of the patient.
How our patients can benefit from the advantages of the treatment:
1. Better recuperation after surgery and tooth implant treatments.
2. Increases the chances of implant receptivity.
3. Decrease in pain and swelling following dental treatments.
4. Treatment of pain after a root canal treatment.
5. Treatment of jaw joint pain.
6. Treatment of nerve damage.