All You Need to Know About Dental Imaging

With the progress in modern technology, our dentist is embracing new dental imaging tools and techniques that are considered to be more effective and efficient than their traditional counterparts.

Digital X-rays

Digital x-rays are one of the most important advancements in the field. The technology replaces the concept of traditional films used in conventional x-rays with advanced electronic sensors. This digital imaging technique provides exceptional high-quality images using less radiation. The image can be adjusted (contrast or brightness) as needed by using some simple processing techniques. This has become one of the most adopted methods of digital imaging.


  • Digital x-rays cause less exposure to radiation.

  • Enables our dentist to make an accurate diagnosis more efficiently.

  • Reduces the use of waste materials and harsh chemicals.

  • Less time-consuming and provides immediate results.

  • Better imaging results enable our dentist to instantly notice irregularities in teeth, gums or enamel.

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera is a small video camera that takes an image of the outside of the gum or tooth. The intraoral camera resembles an oversized pen. While simultaneously viewing a monitor, the dentist inserts the camera into a patient's mouth and gently shifts it about so that images can be taken from a variety of angles. 

The intraoral camera is extremely helpful in diagnosing dental conditions such as tooth decay and cracked teeth and in educating the patient. Since the intraoral camera is used in tandem with a computer screen or television monitor, your dentist can easily show you, in real-time, if you have a fractured tooth or need gum disease treatment. A picture is worth a thousand words!

Time-savings that come with the intraoral camera are especially noticeable when your dentist needs to take several images at one time. Intraoral camera images are easy to re-take, print and duplicate. Printouts can be sent to dental insurance companies to strengthen claims. In fact, these images are so useful that some insurance companies now accept images via e-mail; the reduced paper trail cuts down on claim-processing time and is an environmentally friendly option as well.

For more information on the intraoral camera at West Falls Church Dental, call us at 703-641-8717 today!

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