Digital Radiography

Is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital sensors are used instead of traditional dental  X-ray film to produce an image of the teeth and jaw bone structures.  Digital radiography provides an unmatched visualization of anatomic detail with crystal-clear images to assist in evaluation and diagnosis.   Immediate storage of the images on a computer allows for full screen viewing that can be enhanced and enlarged.   Electronic transfer of digital images enables our office to communicate to our referring dentists and can facilitate insurance claim submission.

Anchor Bay Oral Surgery, P.C. strives to adhere to the ALARA principle in radiation dosing and safety, better stated “As Low As Reasonably Attainable”.   The PlanMeca ProSenor and ProMax technology, allows us to achieve an 80% reduction of radiation exposure when compared to previous conventional x-ray techniques.

2-Dimensional Examinations

With the ProSensor technology, 2-Dimensional X-ray examinations can be taken as intraoral studies.   Here, the digital sensor is positioned inside the mouth to focus on a small region of the teeth and jawbone. These images are comparable to the traditional ‘periapical’ X-ray images taken in the past, as illustrated below.

 Intraoral Digital ‘Periapical’ Images

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Alternatively, using the ProMax technology, 2-Dimensional X-ray examination can be taken as extraoral studies.  Now, the digital sensor is located outside of the mouth and allows visualization of a larger portion of the teeth, jaws and facial bones.  This is beneficial in cases where the patient has a physical handicap or a condition where they are unable to support or tolerate the intraoral sensor.  The ProMax technology allows additional filtering of the extraoral images to provide reduced regions of interest (‘occlusal’ , ‘periapical’ and ‘bitewing’ type) images, further reducing the radiation exposure to the patient. 

Extraoral ‘Panoramic’  Digital Image   

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 Extraoral ‘Occlusal’ Digital Image     

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Extraoral ‘Periapical’ Digital Image        

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 Extraoral ‘Bitewing’ Digital Image 

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