Advanced Technology

Digital Imaging

CBCT-picDr. Edward Jernigan and Dr. John C Jernigan chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your 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. Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Edward Jernigan and Dr. John C Jernigan utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better. Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to other general dentists, specialists, or insurance companies.

Digital X-Rays:

Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.

3D X-Ray (CBCT-Conebeam Computed Tomography)

  • The 3D X-ray machine (in office) is the most important and useful piece of technology available for implant therapy today. The scan feels like the patient is getting the normal full mouth 2D x ray done. This scan allows the doctor to see almost all the structures of the jaws in three dimensions. This gives the ability to see exactly how much bone is available to place implants or if grafting is necessary, location of critical anatomical structures of the jaw such as the main nerves, sinus, arteries

Implant Treatment Planning Software

  • This software is used in conjunction with the 3D x ray, and allows the doctor to virtually place and treatment plan the location and number of implants in the 3D scan.  This allows us to visualize the surgery before it even is performed, which will help tremendously the comfort and confidence during the actual surgery.