Dental Imaging

To properly analyze your oral health, the dentist will need to take advanced images of your teeth and gums. This procedure, known as digital imaging, provides instant images that enable our dentist to review, properly diagnose, and decide the next best course of treatment for your oral care. Here at New Horizons Dental Center, we use several dental imaging tools in which you will learn more about throughout the website.  

Digital X-Ray

The digital x-ray help is a common dental imaging tool that our dentist uses to identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth, and enamel. The digital x-ray immediately showcases images onto our dentist’s computer screen and creates less exposure to radiation as traditional film x-rays.

i-CAT 3-D imaging

Dental implants are the most sophisticated replacement for missing teeth but are time-consuming to place. i-CAT® scans vastly reduce the time it takes to implant teeth.and are quick and simple to perform. 

A Cone Beam Imaging System is at the heart of the i-CAT® scanner. During the scan, the patient sits stationary on a designated seat. The cone beams are used to take hundreds of pictures of the face. These pictures are used to compile an exact 3D image of the inner workings of the face and jaw. The dentist is able to zoom in on specific areas and view them from alternate angles.

Patients report the i-CAT® scanner is comfortable because they remain in a sitting position at all times.  Additionally, the scanner provides an open environment, meaning that claustrophobic feelings are eliminated. The i-CAT® scan is a tool that is minimizing the cost of dental treatment, reducing treatment time and enhancing the end results of dental surgery.

Ask our team at New Horizons Dental Center about i-CAT 3D imaging. Call us at 703-955-4221.

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera is a small video camera that takes an image of the outside of the gum or tooth. The intraoral camera resembles an oversized pen. While simultaneously viewing a monitor, the dentist inserts the camera into a patient's mouth and gently shifts it about so that images can be taken from a variety of angles. 

The intraoral camera is extremely helpful in diagnosing dental conditions such as tooth decay and cracked teeth and in educating the patient. Since the intraoral camera is used in tandem with a computer screen or television monitor, your dentist can easily show you, in real-time, if you have a fractured tooth or need gum disease treatment. A picture is worth a thousand words!

Time-savings that come with the intraoral camera are especially noticeable when your dentist needs to take several images at one time. Intraoral camera images are easy to re-take, print and duplicate. Printouts can be sent to dental insurance companies to strengthen claims. In fact, these images are so useful that some insurance companies now accept images via e-mail; the reduced paper trail cuts down on claim-processing time and is an environmentally friendly option as well.

For more information on the intraoral camera at New Horizons Dental Center, call us at 703-955-4221 today!

iTero Dental Impressions

Dental impressions for braces, dental crowns, fillings, implants, and more are now created digitally. With iTero dental impressions, dentists no longer need to use goo-textured material to mold onto your teeth. The iTero uses a wavelength light to create an accurate 3D image of your teeth. This dental impression tool takes only a few minutes to complete and can be performed without needing any protective wear.

If you are in the Herndon, Virginia area and looking for quality dental care, call us today at 703-955-4221. Our dentist takes full advantage of dental imaging technology to best serve your individual dental needs.