Dental Imaging

X-Rays are essential when it comes to diagnosing any kind of wrong regarding your oral health. With these images, our dentist is able to detect anything swiftly and start thinking of a treatment plan for you. It is also utilized to learn about the presence of cavities, dental infections, and oral masses that can be either harmless or threatening. When you first visit our dentist office, it is likely that our dentist will spend the majority of your visit running tests. This is so our dentist can verify if you are suffering from any dental issue and how the quickest form of solving will be. 

Dental imaging is an advanced procedure that entirely depends on the extent of radiation penetrating through the patient’s dental structures. This radiation hits the film and strikes an image that helps our dentist study the cause of the problem or pain that the patient is suffering from.

Please see below for the X-ray services we offer:

Digital X-Rays

Taking x-rays digitally is more convenient and produces more accurate, reliable results than before. This process is safer for the patients and quicker than traditional x-rays. A digital x-ray is safer because it doesn’t expose the patient to harmful x-ray radiations as the previous forms of technology. A digital x-ray is quicker because it gives results without delay, where the device is attached to a computer and shows the x-ray on screen immediately.

Intraoral Camera

This technology allows our dentist to take a clear view of your mouth from various angles, in order to directly verify if you have any problems with your teeth or gums. Our dentist will speak to you about your options, should this be the chosen method of treatment for you.

Oral Cancer Screening Through VELscope

This equipment is especially used for the screening of oral cancer. While oral cancer is not fatal, it can be a major problem if it is not diagnosed or treated in a timely manner. This technology helps in the identification of abnormal tissue development that commonly results in cancer. It also inspects abnormal changes in other parts of the mouth such as the tongue. Oral cancer screening through VELscope beneficial.

  • Fast and consistent treatment of cancer affected area
  • Identification of cancer-related issues at an early stage, unlike other procedures
  • Identification of oral cancer indications which are not visible to an unassisted eye

Digital X-ray

Offering superior resolution with less radiation exposure, digital radiography at your Columbia dentist is an excellent way to help diagnose oral problems. Digital X-rays not only use 90% less radiation than traditional film X-rays but are also much less time-consuming.

 Using a small radiographic camera that is only slightly larger than a pen, we capture images of each tooth. This technology eliminates the need for developing or chemical processing of the images. Instead, they appear instantly on a computer screen as each scan is complete. By shifting the angle of the imaging wand only slightly, the dentist can capture every surface of every tooth. 

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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 Fairview Dental Care, call us at 573-445-5811 today!

iTero Dental Impressions

iTero Dental Impression is a simple scanner that obtains a clearer and instant image of teeth. To do this, the scanner makes use of 3D digital scan and offers dental patients with a more convenient and comfortable digital imaging experience. The many advantages of iTero Dental Impressions include:

  • Highly and precise dental imaging

  • Eliminates the problems of swallowing or gagging excessive impression gel

  • Accurate, comfortable and time-saving procedure in terms of dental impressions

  • A non-invasive treatment that captures around 100,000 laser points with great accuracy and perfect focus

  • An improved, detailed digital map of the mouth, helping in the diagnosis and treatment of dental problems

iTero Dental Impressions is a flexible procedure. This can be used with braces, fillings, implants, dental crowns and more.

At Fairview Dental Care, we are pleased in providing this service for you. If you have any questions or doubts regarding the dental imaging processes our practice offers, please call us at 573-445-5811. Our team is ready to answer any of your questions.