Radiography is a widely known technique among common people, due to its frequent use in hospitals, to determine if a person has a bone fracture or abnormalities in their internal organs.
The X-ray resource that dentists use fulfills a similar function to that used to diagnose the presence of abnormalities in the body, but focused on the structures and tissues of the teeth.
Dental X-rays show us everything that we cannot see with the naked eye because it is hidden by the gum or inside the tooth, using high-resolution three-dimensional images.
More specifically, dental radiography allows us to determine if the patient has periondititis, caries, periapical abscesses, symphysial fractures, cysts, hyperdontia, bone damage and teeth that have not yet emerged, among other relevant aspects for dental diagnosis and treatment.
But, in more recent years, technology has allowed us to use an advanced radiological technique similar to CT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) that gives us a clearer and more complete three-dimensional image of the oral cavity.
3D Dental Radiology, as it is known, provides us with accurate images and in less time than traditional methods (such as molds) to diagnose dental conditions and plan the most appropriate treatment.
They also allow the patient to better understand their condition, thanks to the exact representation that can be seen through a digital screen.
The 3D Digital Radiology resource provides us with a series of advantages, among which are the following:
- The radiation dose that the patient receives is very low, even lower than what they would receive when undergoing a CT scan.
- The application period is very short. According to the characteristics of the machine used and the type of examination, the test can be performed for a period that can range from a few seconds to a few minutes.
- During the exposure period, the patient can remain seated or lying down, without suffering the episodes of anxiety or claustrophobia that a closed machine can cause.
- This technology allows us to obtain a volumetric acquisition of high resolution and quality that facilitates the issuance of very precise diagnoses.
- Since they are isotropic (equivalent in the three spatial axes) the radiological images do not present distortions.
X-rays are not the same to identify all the characteristics of possible conditions and determine the corresponding treatment. There are different types, such as:
- The interproximals, showing the crown portions of the upper and lower teeth together, while the patient bites down on a small strip of paper.
- The periapicals, showing 1 or 2 complete teeth from crown to root.
- The palatals or occlusives, which capture all the upper and lower teeth together in one shot.
There are also panoramic radiographs, which capture images of the jaws and entire teeth, in a single shot, performed through a special machine that rotates around the patient’s head.
Panoramic X-rays are used to plan dental implant treatments, determine if there are impacted wisdom teeth, and look for jaw problems.
At Costa Rica Cero Caries we have the most advanced technological tools to make accurate diagnoses and support the most appropriate treatment for the needs of each patient.
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