Louis Endodontics carefully considers the type of image(s) needed for diagnosis. There are many guidelines that we follow, but the goal is always to achieve diagnostic images with the lowest amount of radiation possible. Radiographs (x-rays) allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, analyze the health of your bone, and look for disease. We can also gain information about the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions associated with diseased pulp (the nerve and soft tissues of the tooth), as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Louis Endodontics utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, radiation exposure can be up to about 90 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs, which already have low radiation.
Digital X-rays help us diagnose with more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor rather than a small film. They also require significantly less radiation exposure to our patients. These images allow us to give our patients information about their tooth or teeth, so that they can make an informed decision for treatment.
Cone Beam CT
Our practice utilizes state-of-the-art, small volume cone beam CT (computed tomography) technology that provides highly accurate, 3-D radiographic images for the diagnosis, planning and treatment of endodontic disease. This allows three-dimensional visualization of teeth, bone, sinuses and surrounding structures with minimal radiation to the patient, enabling a level of anatomical accuracy and patient care not possible with 2-D technologies alone (regular dental x-rays). With the addition of cone beam CT technology to our office, we will be better able to diagnose and treat our patients.
The introduction of the operating microscope has revolutionized non-surgical and surgical endodontics. We have invested in the very best quality surgical microscopes that provide unparalleled magnification and visibility for our procedures. Using microscopes helps us achieve more predictable results for our patients by treating each tooth more thoroughly. We can see minute details in the tooth that are not visible to the naked eye.