A panorex is an x–ray that provides a complete view of the upper and lower jaws, teeth, roots, temporomandibular joints (TMJs) and maxillary sinuses. Without this critical piece of information, we can sometimes miss pathologic lesion, such as tumors or cysts, extra teeth, and many other conditions that need treatment in a timely fashion.
While X-rays provide important information that we can’t get from any other source, they don’t show you everything that’s going on in your mouth. That’s why we have invested in an intraoral camera – a highly advanced piece of diagnostic technology that allows you to see what we see inside your mouth.
The intraoral camera is approximately the size and shape of a dental mirror. It has a built-in light source, and serves as a tiny video camera that allows us to zoom in on one tooth with magnification. The images can be displayed on a television or computer monitor, so you will be able to see problems such as worn or broken fillings, cracked teeth, plaque accumulation, cavities next to fillings and excessive wear. We can also print or email an image for you to take home with you. These images are also very useful in gaining acceptance for treatment from insurance companies.
Oral cancer screening is an examination performed by a dentist to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth.
The goal of oral cancer screening is to identify mouth cancer early, when there is a greater chance for a cure.
At Brickyard Dental Group, our doctors perform an examination of your mouth during each routine dental visit to screen for oral cancer. This is a part of your new patient exam and your checkup so there is no additional fee for this screening examination.
Here at Brickyard Dental Group, we use digital x-rays for all of our intra-oral radiographs. Instead of developing X-ray film in a dark room, the X-rays are sent directly to a computer and can be viewed on screen, stored, or printed out. There are several benefits of using this new technology:
The technique uses less radiation than the typical X-ray and there is no wait time for the X-rays to develop — the images are available on screen only seconds after being taken.
The image taken can be enhanced and enlarged many times its actual size on the computer screen, making it much easier for your dentist to show you where and what the problem is.
If necessary, images can be electronically sent to another dentist or specialist — for instance, for a second opinion on a dental problem — to determine if a specialist is needed, or to a new dentist when you move.
A dental operating microscope provides us the ability to see at levels of magnification that were previously impossible. Many dental procedures require a certain level of magnification to be performed accurately. Certain procedures, such as root canals, need to be performed under magnification. For this reason, most root canal specialists offices use these for all of their treatment.
Our office is equipped with a surgical level dental operating microscope that can magnify up to 25x. Dr Barno uses the microscope every day not only for root canals, but for surgery, fillings, crowns, and diagnosis of cracked teeth. Dr Barno is the only general dentist in the Columbia area to routinely use a microscope for the majority of his procedures.
Cone Beam CT scanner is a an advanced technology that allows us to use x-rays to make 3 dimensional images. This is very important when evaluating patients for wisdom teeth surgery, implants, and root canals. Our Cone Beam CT scanner uses 10 times less radiation than a traditional CT scan and provides a wealth of important information.
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