Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Sacramento, CA - Dec 01, 2016 - Most patients are used to taking x-rays once a year during a dental exam. It is also common, however, to take digital photographs of a dental clientâ€™s teeth. Why do dentists take pictures when they already have x-rays?
Itâ€™s In the Details
X-rays are very useful for revealing the things we cannot see with the eye. Slowly growing abscesses, other unexpected growths in the jawbone, and the width of the enamel â€” these are all revealed with x-rays.Â With improvements in digital photography, photographs are also very helpful to reveal fine details from the surface of the teeth. Hairline cracks and tiny cavities, imminent failures in fillings or other restorations, oral cancers developing in the mouth tissues â€” these are things dentists and hygienists look for with oral photography. Magnifying images by forty or fifty times is possible, giving extreme close-ups for areas of interest.
Patient Education Another Benefit
Sacramento dentists also find that bringing up a picture of a diseased tooth makes it much easier to explain to a patient what is happening, why it likely happened and what needs to be done to fix it. Without an image, some clients unfortunately think the dentist is just trying to bill them for unnecessary treatment. And many insurance companies often have the same sad viewpoint of their clients and the dentist. Therefore, photographs combined with x-rays are a visual demonstration of the condition of the patientâ€™s mouth, as seen by the dentist.
And letâ€™s not forget the value of pictures for â€śBefore and Afterâ€ť photos! When a patient gets orthodontic, restorative or cosmetic care, they enjoy being reminded of what their teeth originally looked like and how much better they appear after their dental procedure. Dentists thoroughly enjoy the smiles on clientsâ€™ faces when they see these stunning demonstrations of the value of dentistry to a great smile.
So when you come to the dentist, remember to smile and open wide, because you will probably end up â€śin pictures.â€ť If you need a dental exam, the Sacramento Dentistry Group can be contacted at sacramentodentistry.com or by calling 916-538-6900. Source :
Sacramento Dentistry Group