Smiles By Design
John M. Garcia, DDS
Dentist located in Weston, FL
Dental x-rays are one of the most effective ways for Dr. John M. Garcia to check on a patient's oral health. At Smiles By Design, intraoral photography is used to capture images so precise that they're similar to looking into the mouth with a powerful microscope. Weston, Florida area patients can trust Dr. Garcia at Smiles By Design for all of their oral healthcare needs.
Digital X-Rays Q & A
What is intraoral photography?
Intraoral photography is a type of dental photography that offers highly precise images of the teeth and the gums. At Smiles By Design, only the latest and most powerful intra-oral cameras are used, allowing for images to be seen at up to 40x magnification. This is comparable to using a microscope to see the inside of the mouth. Thanks to intra-oral photography, cavities can be found at the earliest stages. This allows Dr. Garcia to treat patients when the cavity is still in its infancy, so early that anesthesia isn't even needed for pain relief. Intra-oral photography can detect most oral health issues, including tooth decay, cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, enamel problems, cracks in the teeth, teeth abnormalities, gum abnormalities, and more.
When is a CT scan used for 3-D imaging?
When the other types of imaging aren't sufficient, Dr. Garcia may use a CT scan for 3-D imaging of the teeth. Smiles By Design has a CT machine on the premises and can use it to capture the teeth, gums, nerves, and the bone all at one time. The images produced are so detailed that most issues can be diagnosed or confirmed using these highly precise images. Patients don't need to do anything special to prepare for this type of imaging. However, patients must remove metal objects before the scan as this can interfere with results. The type of CT scan used for dentistry is different from the CT scans done in hospitals, but the kind of images and level of detail are similar.
What is a panoramic x-ray?
A panoramic x-ray is a dental x-ray that can show the whole mouth in one image. It's often used to detect bone abnormalities in the jaw bone, cysts, impacted wisdom teeth, infection, or tumors. However, a panoramic x-ray is unable to show enough detail to reveal cavities, one of the main reasons that dental imaging is done. Panoramic x-rays can be useful for planning some types of treatment and for detecting certain issues, but they can't compare to a CT scan for 3-D imaging purposes.
Words from our patients
"The best investment ever. Dr. Garcia stays abreast all the latest technology available for optimal dental care. He is innovative and takes much pride in his work!"
"Smiles By Design has the most wonderful staff, they always excel during every check up I have and really care about their patients as people."
"Dr Garcia and Team are wonderful! High tech AND high touch! Great teamwork, super efficient and awesome results. Thank you!!"
"I love smiles by Design! Everyone is friendly and respectful; they make you feel comfortable, and the job they do is very professional. I recommend it 100%"
"Why would I wanna go anywhere else? The cherry on top of it all is that his staff is very professional and friendly. Hard to get all in one these days at others."
"I've been going to Dr. Garcia and his team for over 12yrs. He is THE BEST dentist and has the best staff."
"I have been a client of Dr. Garcia for 10+ years, and would not consider changing dentists, even though I must now travel nearly 100 miles for a visit."