Digital Radiography and Imaging – CBCT
Dr. Tinnin takes only the necessary radiographs and images. Without the use of these technologies, predictable diagnosis and treatment would be impossible. We want our patients to be able to see the images of their teeth and the problem for which they were referred.
Digital Imaging Technology
CBCT, or cone beam imaging, sometimes referred to as a CT, is relatively new in dentistry. Our office was one of the first dental practices in the [COUNTY] to own and utilize CBCT technology. The radiation in the CBCT is a fraction of its medical counterpart. The images from our machine give us a 3-D view of a tooth vs. a 2-D view. This is of particular value in retreatment cases. These images are invaluable in determining why the tooth failed to respond to the initial treatment and in helping the doctor to determine a predictable treatment plan. This can also help prevent unnecessary treatment for the patient.
Digital x-rays reduce the radiation dose by up to 90%. It is a more patient-friendly technology than the technology that traditional films used in the past. The procedures are quicker, reducing the time to obtain diagnostic images. The images can be manipulated to give a more diagnostic view of the patient’s tooth. We first implemented this digital x-rays in 1994. Dr. Tinnin was one of the first endodontists to utilize this technology.
Digital imaging technologies and digital radiographs are stored on our secure file server, making them available to transfer electronically to the referring dentist the day of treatment. Many insurance companies require copies of CBCT images and radiographs, which are easily and quickly supplied with this new technology.