Dental Imaging

Advances in digital technology have led to better treatment and diagnosis of dental problems. Our dentist at Alegre Dental @ Petroglyphs always embraces new tools and methods, which are more efficient than their traditional counterparts. Dental imaging is one of the technologies that have made a significant difference. Take a moment to learn about the variety of dental imaging systems we utilize at our Albuquerque, New Mexico, office, below. 

Bien Air Hand Pieces

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Ceph X-Ray

A cephalometric X-ray, or ceph X-ray, is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. Ceph X-Rays are extraoral, so patients do not have to insert any sort of trays, bitewings or films into the mouth. They are also safe, fast, painless and extremely effective. 

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Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your doctor may use this technology to produce three-dimensional images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. With cone beam CT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of images. This makes it much easier to analyze the issue and make an accurate diagnosis, allowing for successful treatment planning and completion. 

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Digital X-rays

Digital X-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry. This technology replaces the use of traditional film X-rays.

Here are some of the superb benefits of digital X-rays:

  • Digital X-rays expose patients to less radiation than traditional x-rays do.

  • They allow our dentist to make an accurate diagnosis more efficiently.

  • They reduce the use of waste materials and harsh chemicals.

  • They are less time-consuming and provide immediate results.

  • They offer better imaging results, enabling our dentist to find abnormalities in the teeth, gums or enamel instantly.

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 Alegre Dental @ Petroglyphs, call us at 505-836-1076 today!

iTero Dental Impressions

The iTero Dental Impressions tool is a simple scanner that captures clear, instant images of the teeth. To take the images, the scanner uses a 3D digital scan, and it offers patients a convenient and comfortable digital imaging experience.

KaVo Diagnodent Laser Cavity Finder

The KaVo Diagnodent Laser Cavity Finder is a revolutionary method for detecting cavities with the help of sound. The equipment works like a metal detector, using a low-density laser to locate hidden cavities. The KaVo Diagnodent Laser Cavity Finder helps our dentist:

  • Use a procedure that is time-saving and comfortable for you.

  • Instantly fix problems that may otherwise become worse if they remain undiagnosed

  • Perform the treatment without wearing any protective eyewear

  • Find hidden cavities instantly and effortlessly

  • Locate subsurface cavities that many traditional methods fail to identify

Smile-Vision Technology

This imaging software allows dentists to show patients how a procedure could change their smile and general appearance, allowing them to make more educated choices about their dental health care. Cosmetic dentistry offers today’s dental patients an extensive range of treatment options that can improve their normal smile and benefit their oral health. Our Smile-Vision system helps:

  • Improve the smile and overall dental health of patients.

  • Provide patients a complete view of their dental treatment.

  • Increase patient satisfaction with its customized cosmetic dentistry options.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for dental imaging, contact our Albuquerque, New Mexico, office. Our dentist at Alegre Dental @ Petroglyphs is capable of handling complex dental problems with efficiency. Schedule your appointment by calling 505-836-1076.