While our dentists can identify some problems with the naked eye, many issues are hidden from view and may affect the contact areas in between your teeth, your tooth roots, the bone surrounding your teeth, or even your jaw joints, called temporomandibular joints and which hinge your lower jaw in place.
Our advanced imaging equipment enables our dentists to see all these hidden areas in very clear detail so we can quickly diagnose any problems. We can also explain these images to you so you can understand your oral health more fully and will be able to make a much more informed decision about any possible treatments.
We frequently use digital x-rays to take a quick image of any problem areas. You will also need a set of dental x-rays at regular intervals, generally every two years for adults in reasonable dental health. Our digital x-rays are extremely safe and we take every precaution when using this equipment and the levels of radiation emitted are incredibly low. The diagnostic images are ready to view immediately and can be seen on the screens in our surgeries.
Orthopantomogram x-rays (OPGs) are more specialised form of dental x-ray, providing a panoramic or wide angled view of the lower face. An OPG x-ray will show all the teeth in the upper and lower jaw in a single image and is extremely useful for identifying teeth that have yet to erupt and for revealing any problems with the jawbone or the temporomandibular joints.
Our cone beam CT scanner is most frequently used when planning dental implants, providing our dentists with an extremely detailed 3-D image of your jaws. This allows us to identify the quantity and quality of bone available for dental implants as well as the location of nerves and blood vessels that must be avoided during oral surgery.
An intra-oral camera is a very small camera that allows us to take detailed pictures of the inside of your mouth. These images are then displayed on the screens in our surgeries and enable us to point out any areas of concern and to explain much more clearly how certain treatments could help. When you can actually see what is happening in your mouth, it’s much easier to gain a deeper understanding of your oral health.
By using these technologies, we aim to make sure any treatment we suggest will always be the very best option for your dental health as we want to provide you with the very highest level of personalised dental care.
For more information about the state-of-the-art diagnostic technology at St Vincent’s Dental Centre, call us on (03) 9419 7022 or visit us at 3/55 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC 3065.
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