Advanced Dental Technology
Washington DC & Bethesda – Chevy Chase
Interactive 3D Implant Dental Imaging
The Washington DC & Chevy Chase dental specialist office of Dr Gerald Marlin uses SimPlant software, the worlds first interactive 3D implant Planning System. This software allows us to examine the anatomy of the patients jaw in one millimeter increments. No digital x-ray can provide this type of comprehensive information for precise preoperative planning. The ability to do virtual treatment, while considering both clinical and esthetical factors, produces accurate and more predictable result.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health
Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. We can better detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and the health of the bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs. Utilizing Digital Imaging Technology, we can also view your teeth magnified on a high resolution computer monitor. With computers in each treatment room, we have immediate access to your stored x-rays, images, and dental records. In addition, digital x-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
Digital imaging not only enables us to manage valuable diagnostic information, but also enables us to quickly transfer your digital x-rays to appropriate specialists.
Guidelines to x-ray frequencies: (Due to your dental conditions, your individual needs may differ)
- Full Mouth X-Rays/ Complete Series including Bitewings
22 individual films that encompass your full mouth. We recommend completing the Full Series x-rays at your initial visit, then every 3-4 years thereafter.
4 films typically taken once a year at your recall. These x-rays show upper and lower molars.
- Intraoral Periapical
one individual x-ray of a problem area
This is a complete mouth x-ray that is taken on an as needed basis to either visualize the nerve canal and the sinuses for implant placement or to look for suspected lesions. This x-ray does not provide adequate detail to diagnose the individual teeth for decay.