A full mouth set of digital radiographs is required for all new patients and should be repeated every 3-5 years. Bitewing radiographs, to visualize contact areas between teeth, and periapical radiographs, to view roots and areas below teeth, are taken at recall visits. Bitewing radiographs are recommended once per year.
Extraoral imaging (or extraoral radiography) is a method of obtaining high-quality digital x-rays of the bones and tissues of the skull and jaw. As its name suggests, this type of imaging takes place outside of the mouth. Extraoral radiography is ideal for use with patients who need large areas imaged or physically cannot open their mouths for intraoral imaging.
USES AND BENEFITS OF EXTRAORAL IMAGING TECHNOLOGY
Extraoral imaging techniques are capable of producing panoramic radiographs and lateral oblique views for the most complete picture of a patient's oral health. This allows Tumminia Dental to examine the teeth and jaw for proper development, check patients for TMJ, observe fractures of the cranium, determine the severity of various tooth problems, and identify signs of disease in the teeth and surrounding tissues. The images can also assist us with wisdom teeth detection and in locating nerves while planning for treatment.
The primary benefit of using extraoral digital radiography is that the resulting images allow us to view large areas of a patient's skull with relative ease. The technology can be used by itself or with intraoral radiography. The ability to view panoramic x-ray images and large areas of the body and ramus of the jaw makes seeing the overall scale of damage simple. With the right technology, these high-resolution images can help you make the best diagnosis, as well as communicate with your patients clearly about the state of their mouth and the treatment plan.
Intraoral cameras (IOCs) are cameras used by dentists or doctors to show a patient the interior of their mouth, as an alternative to using a mirror. They were first introduced in 1989 and are now widely used in dental offices. IOCs allow the patient to see a clear picture of the inside of their mouth, aiding the dentist in consulting with them on various treatment options. Images can be saved to a patient's file for future reference.