Indent - Dental Radiology; Planmeca Promax

Dental radiology

To reduce to the necessary minimum the patients’ exposure to roentgen rays, our clinic is equipped with the latest radiological equipment , using only digital technology for:

  • OPG (Ortopantomography/panoramic radiography)
  • Intraoral retro alveolar radiography
  • Intraoral bite-wing radiography

Panoramic radiography (OPG  Ortopantomography)

This imaging investigation method has been developed from the year 1940 when the basis of the dental panoramic radiography have been outlined on tomography principals.

It is an investigation method that allows the aggregate visualisation of the teeth and jaw structure (maxilla and mandible, maxillary sinus, temporo mandibulary joints. The OPG is an essential test during the first dental visit, offering an overview of the patient’s dental history (dental lesions, former dental treatments, presence of impacted teeth, periodontal status and bone lesions, etc .

Intraoral retroalveolar radiography

Enables detailed view of dental-alveolar structures and is necessary for:

  • Detection and diagnosis of dental or bone lesions (ex: early or advanced tooth caries, pulp infections, periapical infections / known by patients as “granulomas”, the alveolar bone status in periodontal disease, cysts or other maxillary bone diseases)
  • Some cases might require a full mouth radiological exam, assuming a serial intraoral radiographies.
  • Confirming the accuracy of certain stages of work during treatment (ex: endodontic treatment – the evaluation of number, curvature and length of root channels, correct choice of gutta-percha cones for filling the channels or checking the correct placing of certain materials in the root channel, endodontic surgery / apical resection, tooth extraction, implant, etc)
  • Evaluation of immediate post-surgery treatment (ex: endodontics, implantology, etc)
  • Evaluation of treatment’s outcome (recalls at 3/6/12/24 months)

Bite-wing radiography

An extremely useful exam in early detection of incipient caries in interdentally areas, often difficult to detect through simple clinical exam, and also in correct adjustment of fillings or other dental restorations.

What are the main benefits of digital technology?

  • Reduction and calibration of emitted radiation dose. The advantages of using digital radiology equipment when compared to traditional film X Rays are a massive radiation reduction (up to 80%), due to the sensor’s properties which makes it more sensitive to the X-rays photons. We can say that the same rays dose necessary for one traditional radiography allows the execution of 8 digital radiographies. The usual protective aprons and equipment are also used, thereby further minimising exposure to  the X rays.
  • Reduced exposure time
  • Processing and archiving the obtained images( the possibility of processing the radiographs by computer, allows the doctor to enlarge the image, to make measurements, intervention plans and more) This can then also be shared and further specialists consulted online and in real time. This saves costly visits and delays.
  • Obtaining information immediately, with no need of  film processing

The actual processing of the image by computer is the biggest advantage that digital imaging has on conventional film. Due to the programs software a wide range of image processing methods are at the specialists fingertips, including but not limited to: contrast changing, greyscale inversion, zooming, artificial colouring, different measurements, etc. all enhance correct and accurate diagnosis.

Most of the digital sensors currently existing on the market have a far superior image resolution than conventional film. This means that by using OPG or digital radiography, the doctor can identify information that is not visible on conventional film.