Dr. Chapokas chooses carefully which and when radio-graphs (x-rays) are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radio-graphs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radio-graphs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and health of bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Digital X-rays use low levels of radiation and an electronic sensor to create a black and white picture of the teeth and surrounding bone. Digital imaging offers features that enhance the viewing of any problem areas. The images are displayed almost instantly on a computer screen and are stored in the computer allowing easy electronic transmission. Like traditional dental x-rays, digital x-rays are used inside the mouth to examine the teeth, the jaw-bone and dental restorations.
Many patients are very familiar with the latest digital technology. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Dr. Chapokas utilizes intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera, in some cases, just a few millimeters long. It allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth, and gums, for us to accurately make a diagnosis With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!