The Modern Dental Imaging Techniques We Use
To maintain healthy teeth, it's essential to have good oral and dental hygiene. It is also vital to visit our dentist, who will provide advice and instructions on how to take care of your teeth properly. During your initial visit to Southern Indiana Smiles in Bloomington, Indiana, you can expect your oral exam to be accompanied by X-Rays or other dental imaging techniques.
Dental imaging helps our dentist make a well-informed diagnosis and treatment plan catered to your unique needs. There are various types of X-Rays available for dental imaging. Depending on your symptoms, some X-Ray procedures will be more suitable than others. Take a closer look at some of the modern dental imaging procedures we may use during your visit.
A cephalometric X-ray, or ceph X-ray, is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. Ceph X-Rays are extraoral, so patients do not have to insert any sort of trays, bitewings or films into the mouth. They are also are safe, fast, painless and extremely effective.Read more about Ceph X-Ray
Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your doctor may use this technology to produce three dimensional images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. With cone beam CT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of images. This makes it much easier to analyze the issue and make an accurate diagnosis, allowing for successful treatment planning and completion.Read more about Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging
Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital X-Rays are especially valuable because they don't expose you to as much radiation as film X-Rays. The resulting images aid our dentist in identifying any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.
The digital X-Ray machine is connected to a computer that displays the image minutes after it is taken. This process is not only convenient, but it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.
Another common dental X-Ray, the intraoral camera, is utilized when our dentist needs to take X-Rays that show the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible. In this case, the camera is largely focused on the inside of your mouth.
There are three different types of intraoral X-Rays that can be used, and each is chosen based on the area of the mouth that is being X-Rayed:
· Periapical X-Ray: The periapical X-Ray reveals the entire tooth, from its starting point in the jaw to the enamel. This style of dental imaging is important to identify any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes which might be occurring at the root, near the gum or in other bone structures.
· Bitewing X-Ray: Focusing on the enamel of the teeth, bitewing X-Rays are essential for identifying cavities and tooth decay between the teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum diseases are also easy to identify with this tool. In situations where fillings need replacing, the bitewing X-Ray can be used to identify the level of deterioration that has occurred.
· Occlusal X-Ray: Occlusal X-Rays allow for a broader look at the placement and overall arch of the teeth. This technique is largely used to identify alignment problems that need to be fixed with braces.
Our dentist may use any these styles of intraoral camera X-Rays based on your particular dental needs.
At Southern Indiana Smiles in Bloomington, Indiana, we utilize a variety of dental imaging technologies to ensure each patient receives the treatments they need. Take the first step in achieving your dental goals today by calling 812-336-2459. Our dentist and team are here to schedule your appointment, answer your questions and address any concerns.