Dr. Chapokas chooses carefully which and when radiographs (x-rays) are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to visualize everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth and to determine bone level and the 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.
Dr. Chapokas utilizes intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera, and in some cases, just a few millimeters long. It allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth, and gums, to accurately make a diagnosis. These images allow us to see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can result in faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!