Family Dentistry in Half Moon Bay, CA

Technology

Coastside Dentistry uses digital radiographic equipment. While conventional X-rays delivered a safe dosage of radiation, the new digital system has several advantages:

  1. The radiation dosage is about one-third of what was conventionally delivered.
  2. The image is available instantly and does not require use of film or “environmentally unfriendly” chemical developers.
  3. The digital image is stored in the patient’s computer file and can be accessed instantly and sent via the internet for further evaluation or for insurance purposes.

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Intra Oral Dental X-Ray 
The intraoral radiograph produces images of individual teeth and checks for such things as decay of the teeth, supporting bone loss, problems inside a tooth or under the gum line.
Panoramic Dental X-Ray
The Panoramic Dental Radiograph can see possible tumors, developmental abnormalities, poor tooth and root positions, skeletal defects and broken jaw bones. This type of image is very easy obtain being taken outside the mouth, and requires only that a patient remain still for several seconds.
Intra Oral Camera 
This new technology allows for an image of a single tooth to be captured digitally. The image can be very helpful in providing patients with a real, enlarged picture of their own tooth which is helpful in understanding the cause of their own dental problem and the rationale for proposed treatment. These images are also extremely beneficial in documenting conditions to other specialists or insurance providers.
Digital Photography 
While the use of photography is not new to dentistry, incorporating digital photography into patient care has provided numerous benefits. Digital imaging allows patients to see their own conditions clearly before treatment is begun which helps to clarify the rationale and objective of various dental procedures. Photography also is an excellent way to communicate with insurance companies, specialists, and laboratories involved in the rendering of a patient’s treatment. Images are stored in a patient’s file and can be electronically sent anywhere they are needed.