X-ray imaging has come a long way since films were bathed in developer and fixer and hung to dry. The fully digitized equipment at Centercare, along with our computers, allows manipulation and examination of the x-ray image to give us insights we never had. Amazingly, while the precision has increased, the radiation has decreased! Our technology ensures that our Phoenix patients are exposed to minimal radiation, much less than the x-ray film used before.
At Centercare we use small image format and panographic format as well as CBCT (Cone beam Computed Tomography) format, or CT 3-dimensional scanning. The diagnostic capabilities we have as a result are very extensive. The level of patient care has never been higher.
CBCT,or Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography, is a very precise CT scan that gives us 3-dimensional images of teeth and jaws that have never been available before. The system used by CenterCare Dental Group has the lowest radiation and the most well-defined field of view in the industry. We use it routinely for all bone grafting and implant surgery. It has value in root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extractions and periodontal surgery as well. From these images we identify exact locations and dimensions of critical anatomical structures like nerve canals, sinus shapes and bone height. It is yet another way Centercare brings technology to patient safety and quality of care.
Digital cameras are now small enough to swallow in a capsule and send photos from their passage throintra-oralugh the intestine! At Centercare we don’t need them that small, but we can still use the technology to capture precise pictures of conditions inside the mouth using an advanced micro camera designed for just that purpose.
Although we all look at least at the fronts of our mouths daily, taking a visual tour of the hard-to-see areas in the back of the mouth is an unusual adventure and usually good for a few surprises. Not only do Centercare’s Phoenix patients get to take the tour, but the information it provides is stored forever in the digital files of each patient.