The dental professionals at Brisebois Dental Care are trained and skilled to detect and treat problems in the oral cavity. Along with exams that require visual and tactile skills, radiographs play a large role in diagnosis and treatment in the field of dentistry.
Dental radiographs are used to:
At Brisebois Dental, digital radiographs are used to help our dental professionals diagnose and treat conditions in the mouth. By implementing digital radiography, Brisebois Dental ensures that our clinical practice is eco-friendly by eliminating the use of traditional films, darkrooms, chemicals for film processing and processing equipment. Furthermore, our office does not generate waste containing hazardous chemicals used in developing traditional dental films, silver salts or lead foil.
CDR sensors and PSP plates are more sensitive to x-ray radiation and require less radiation to capture an image than traditional film. Digital radiography ensure that our patients are exposed to a reduced about of radiation and allow the for more efficiency in the practice.
CDR sensors and PSP plates
At Brisebois Dental, our patients have a choice of having their radiographs taken with direct CDR sensors or semi-direct PSP plates. Direct means of capturing a digital image is the fastest method and requires a specially coated electronic receptor, called a sensor. At our office, we utilize a CDR sensor system developed by Kodak for digital radiography imagining. The Kodak CDR sensor system uses optical fiber technology and provides the highest resolution of any digital radiography system in the industry. Higher resolution in the dental radiograph equates to more information and details, allowing our team of dentists with greater capabilities to analyze images to make accurate and confident diagnoses. The sensor is placed in the oral cavity and when exposed to x-ray radiation, it converts the x-rays to an electronic form that is instantly read by the computer.
Our office also utilizes a semi-indirect method of obtaining dental radiographs with special sensors called photostimulable phosphor (PSP) plates. These sensors are coated on one side with reusable phosphorus which store the x-ray radiation when the sensor is exposed. The sensor is then put into a scanning device that converts the stored information into a digital image. Since PSP plates need to be scanned through a special scanner, this method is not as quick as the direct method of digital radiography. However, it is still faster and more efficient than the use of traditional dental films.
Panoramic radiographs are taken with a special machine that rotates around the patients head to capture a continuous view of the lower half of the face including all the teeth, the jaws and some soft tissue anatomy.
Panoramic radiographs are used to:
Intraoral cameras are an aid that our office uses to help in patient education. It is often difficult for patients to understand what a dental professional is telling them about problems in their oral cavity and the treatment that is required. By capturing images of problem sites in the mouth and providing a visual aid during patient education, patients are able to relate the information with what they see. This also provides better foundation to discuss various treatment plans as well as future plans of maintenance to prevent the problem from reoccurring.