Many diseases within the oral cavity and surrounding tissues cannot be detected by visual examination. At Dentalux clinics, X-ray imaging is an essential part of diagnostic dental assessment. Radiographs give our doctors valuable medical information and enable them to make an accurate diagnosis and select the most appropriate methods of treatment.
At our x-ray laboratories we use advanced digital technology to take X-rays. Utilization of digital radiographic techniques in dental diagnostic applications allows to quickly obtain images without undue exposure of the patient to high doses of ionizing radiation.
At Dentalux clinics, the most commonly used radiographic scans are pantomographic images (pantomograms). This screening X-Ray shows the entire dentition and surrounding tissues: all the teeth in the upper and lower jaws, the neighboring structures and supporting bones. Pantomographic images are useful for evaluating oral cavity conditions and allow dentists to detect caries in the teeth but also pathological lesions around their roots, to find out which teeth have undergone endodontic treatment in the past and assess their condition.
The presence and development of permanent tooth buds, number of deciduous and permanent teeth, and the position of wisdom teeth can also be seen on a panoramic X-ray. This imaging technique also enables doctor to detect and diagnose any abnormalities within the oral cavity such as cysts, tumors and bone loss.
Whenever further or more precise diagnostic evaluation is needed, radiovisiography (RVG) is applied. This technology offers excellent visualization of a single tooth with periapical area and is mostly used in conservative dentistry and endodontics. X-ray imaging is an effective diagnostic method for detection of dental carious lesions, even those very small, having 0.5 mm in depth that normally cannot be seen by the naked eye (e.g. interproximal caries), since the caries process is associated with the demineralization of tooth hard tissues: enamel, dentine and root cementum. Areas of lower density are easily defined on an X-Ray image while more than half of all carious lesions may be missed by visual examination alone!
To eliminate some of the disadvantages of two-dimensional pantomographic and radiovisiographic scanning, Dentalux clinics are now equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology - Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), which is also called volume tomography.
CBCT, which is a 3D imaging, has a great diagnostic value, and makes planning of comprehensive treatments easier, therefore is greatly appreciated by both patients and dental practitioners. The small radiation exposure, which is lower than the received dosage during an airline flight from Warsaw to Chicago, and very short computation time has made the CBCT technique increasingly popular with doctors and patients at Dentalux clinics.