X-ray images of the teeth and jaws are an important diagnostic tool in all areas of dental medicine, as they provide insight into all the anatomical and pathological formations in the bone that cannot be seen during the clinical examination. They are essential forthe planning of virtually every procedure in dental medicine. Earlier conventional x-ray systems gave poor insight into the bone structure, with much higher exposure to radiation for both the patient and the technician. With the development of digital x-ray technology, the radiation dose has been reduced substantially, and image handling is now much simpler. The modern digital technology at the RepićDental Centre guarantees the lowest radiation dose (up to 90% less radiation compared to classical x-ray images). Our patients are also able to have x-rays just before orafter the procedure, in order to avoid the need for multiple visits.
RepićDental Centre also offers the service of x-raying a single tooth (intraoral retroalveolar scan) and scans of both jaws (panoramic x-ray or orthopantomogram). Intraoral scans of teeth show a single tooth in its actual size. One retroalveolar scan can show one tooth, or that tooth with its two neighbouring teeth. The orthopantomogram (panoramic x-ray) is the most common scan used in dental medicine, as it enables the detection of pathological processes at the tips of the tooth roots, and gives an overview of the state of the bones in cases of periodontitis, and shows caries on teeth. The amount of radiation exposure during the orthopantomogram can be adjusted for children, since this technique is important for planning orthodontic therapy.
The patient's scans are stored in the computer in order to be accessible at any time, and can be sent to the patient by email upon request. The digital storage of scans enables them to be processed using a range of software tools (to sharpen images, enlarge, reduce, colour, measure, perform additional diagnostics), in order to obtain additional insight into the state of the oral health of the patient, and making it easier for the dentist to make the right diagnosis.
In all clinics, the computers are connected in the central database, so all digital radiological data are available at any time, in any clinic. This system has substantially reduced the time needed for analysis, enabling better quality consultations between specialists and the patient.
X-ray scans are not recommended for pregnant women, especially in the first trimester.