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Cone Beam (CBCT)

A cone beam CT scan involves a special type of X-ray that allows us to see the details of your oral and facial health. This scan is more than just a typical X-ray, since it allows us to identify nerve pathways, soft tissue, and bone before treating you. This gives us a clear view of your oral health, making treatment easier and more effective for you. The scan takes just seconds in our office and gives us a highly detailed image.
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Why might a Cone Beam CT Scan be needed?
Most often, you'll need a CT scan before you have oral surgery performed in our office. This is because the CT scan allows us to identify soft tissues, bone and even nerves that could come into play when performing a surgical procedure. You might even need to have this scan done if you come to us with an emergency or when we are trying to find a problem that you're experiencing. The amount of radiation used to produce an image using the CT scan machine is minimal and considered safe and beneficial for most patients.
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Who is a candidate for a Cone Beam CT Scan?
Because we use the latest technology available in X-rays and CT scanning machines, you can feel safe and confident having this type of scan done in our office. We will review your medical and health history to determine if a CT scan is right for you. Most of our patients, regardless of age, can safely have the scan done. In fact, the scan is often easier and quicker than typical intraoral dental x-rays.

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What happens during a Cone Beam CT Scan?
The process will begin by placing a lead apron over your body before the scan is done. We then have you stand straight in the middle of a larger machine. You will either rest your chin or bite down on a bite bar. The machine will then circle your head, taking images as it turns around. We are provided with this image after just a few seconds and will review it to provide you with the treatment that you need. You can expect to have a CT scan prior to undergoing oral surgery.

Dental X-Rays

A dental X-ray is an image that enables us to see underneath the surface of teeth and gums. These images can help us to see decay, infections, impacted teeth, bone loss, and many other oral-related problems. X-rays use a very minimal amount of radiation, so they are safe for patients of all ages. Our goal is to provide you with a comfortable and safe experience when having X-rays taken.
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Why would you need Dental X-rays?
The main reason you would need dental X-rays is because in many cases, an examination just isn't enough. There may be a lot of things going on below the surface of your gums, and we won't be able to see anything without the help of an x-ray. Some of the different things that we can see on an X-ray include underlying tooth decay, root infections, bone loss, and impacted wisdom teeth. For children, X-rays allow us to monitor the development and growth of permanent teeth.
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What makes someone a candidate for Dental X-rays?
Most of our patients are candidates to have dental X-rays taken. Because we use such a small amount of radiation, the process is deemed safe and necessary for those coming into our office. However, we will always go over your medical history before recommending any type of X-ray procedure. This ensures that you are healthy enough to undergo radiation in the office.

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What happens during the Dental X-ray process?
Our friendly team member will drape a lead apron over your midsection. We then place a tiny, comfortable device inside of the mouth and behind several of your teeth. Our X-ray machine is then aimed at this device and the image is taken. We repeat this exact process for all other necessary X-rays. Our team of experts will then review your x-rays to help create a unique treatment plan. We often recommend that X-rays be taken regularly and at most appointments.

Digital Scanning

Digital scanning is also known as 3D intraoral scanning and uses the latest technology to take pictures and make impressions of the mouth. Digital scanning uses computer-aided software and a tool in the shape of a wand to create a virtual picture of the mouth. The digital software is extremely accurate and can display both the tissue and teeth. Digital scanning helps our doctors create immediate digital impressions and images so that items such as crowns, retainers, dentures, or bridges can be made quickly. Intraoral scanning can help identify teeth alignment issues and assist in correcting orthodontic problems with your teeth.
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How does 3D Digital Scanning work?
Digital scanning uses both a wand and a computer to take impressions of your teeth and mouth. The wand is inserted into the patient’s mouth and gently moved around to capture the top and bottom teeth. While the wand moves, the computer captures digital images instantly and displays them on a computer. The process is painless and quick, and patients can sit comfortably while their impressions are taken.
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What are the benefits of Digital Scanning?
Digital scanning provides many benefits to both the patient and our doctors, and the process can be done quickly and in one appointment.Impressions are quick and there is no goopy material used.The process is easy and comfortable.Digital scanning is extremely accurate.Computer-aided technology provides an image of your teeth and gums immediately to help guide the process.Items such as crowns, bridges, retainers, or dentures can be made accurately and quickly for patients.Materials and labor are reduced with new digital scanning technology and this reduces costs for both the patient and doctor.
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Ready to schedule your appointment with us and experience new dental technology?
If you are due for your dental exam or would like to schedule an appointment, contact Nova Dental and our team will be happy to assist you. We deliver the highest level of service and always provide our patients with the latest in dental tools and technology available.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays are the latest technology and are much safer compared to traditional X-rays. With digital X-rays, there is no concern with radiation exposure, and the new technology has very low radiation levels. Digital X-rays reduce a patient’s radiation exposure by 90 percent. Safety is our top priority, and we always ensure our equipment is safe for our patients.

Digital X-rays use a sensor or scanner that is inserted into your mouth to take images of your teeth and jaw. Our sensors are used in conjunction with computer technology that provides images instantly. These images can be conveniently viewed in our exam rooms during your appointment.
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Why Would a Digital X-Ray Be Needed?
During our dental exams, we can only see the surface of your teeth and gums. Digital X-rays allow our doctor to view the roots and hidden areas of your teeth and gums. They help us to ensure your teeth are healthy, and free from infection or decay. Digital X-rays can quickly identify issues inside your teeth and alert us for any signs of infection. This gives our team the ability to treat you promptly and avoid complications. In addition to decay, digital X-rays help us watch teeth that have not yet erupted, or monitor growth in the jaw.
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How Do Digital X-rays Work?
When you visit our office for your dental exam our staff will insert a sensor or digital scanner into your mouth. This process will take images of your teeth and mouth, and will send the pictures instantly to our computer software. Digital images can be viewed immediately in the exam room. Depending on what type of X-ray is required will determine if we use a scanner or sensor to take the image. Patients can review the images alongside our doctor, and if treatment is required, we will create a customized treatment plan that works for you.
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What Are the Types of Digital X-Rays Available?
Digital X-rays take images of the inside and outside of your mouth. Depending on the location of the X-ray needed, will determine what type of image is taken.
  • Bite Wing X-Rays. Bite wing X-rays require you to bite down on a sensor. This type of X-ray is common and can detect decay between your teeth. Bite wing x-rays are also used to evaluate the condition of the jaw bone, and to check existing restorations.
  • Periapical X-Rays. Periapical X-rays take an image of the entire tooth from top to bottom including the root structure. This type of X-ray can help detect an infection or abscess in or around a tooth, and can detect bone loss in the jaw.
  • Panoramic X-Rays. Panoramic X-rays are taken using a machine that rotates around your head. This technology provides an image of your entire mouth. We use this type of X-ray to monitor wisdom teeth, or to plan for procedures such as implants.
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How Often Are Digital X-Rays Needed?
Each patient’s dental needs determine the frequency of digital X-ray. Our team will only take a digital image if absolutely necessary, and with patient consent. During your visit, we review your medical history, dental history, and any symptoms or signs that indicate an x-ray is required. Our team uses X-rays to monitor growth, detect any new areas of decay, or to evaluate gum disease.

Intraoral Cameras

Intra-oral cameras are helpful in allowing us to see everything going on inside your mouth. Rather than a typical examination, this camera magnifies everything that it looks at concerning your smile. This allows us to see areas of decay, cracks, breaks and fractures as well as other intra-oral problems. The camera is safe, effective and can be used on patients of all ages.
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Why is an Intra-Oral Camera needed?
The reason an intra-oral camera may be needed is because we need to get a better view inside the mouth. Because the camera magnifies what it's coming into contact with, we are able to spot problems easier and more conveniently. Likewise, we can show you the findings on the camera so that you know more about the treatment that is needed. The camera is an effective tool that we use everyday in our practice.
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Who is a candidate for an Intra-Oral Camera scanning?
The majority of patients coming into our office can and will benefit from this intra-oral camera. The camera gives us a clear view of everything and anything going on within the mouth. This helps us to find problems more quickly and create treatment plans according to what it is that you need. The intra-oral camera can be used before, during or even after certain procedures.
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What happens during the appointment using an Intra-Oral Camera?
The appointment will begin by you sitting comfortably in one of our examination rooms. We then use a handheld device and place it inside the mouth. The image will show on our computer screen in the room, which allows you to see what is being done and what we're looking at. We then scan your mouth with the camera, looking for problems and other issues. We then discuss treatment options according to what we find and what works best for you. The camera is easy to use and takes just minutes in our office.

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