Modern Dental Imaging Techniques

To maintain healthy teeth, it’s essential to have good oral and dental hygiene. It is also vital to visit our dentist regularly, who will provide advice and instruction on how to take care of your teeth properly. In the initial visit, you can expect to have an oral exam, X-rays or other dental imaging techniques performed.

The modern dental imaging techniques used today help our dentist give an accurate diagnosis and treatment according to your needs. There are various kinds of X-rays available for dental imaging. Depending on your symptoms, some X-ray procedures will be more suitable than others. Below are some of the modern dental imaging procedures we may use during your visit. ​

Bien Air Hand Pieces

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Ceph X-Ray

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 safe, fast, painless and extremely effective. 

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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. 

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Digital X-Rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital X-rays help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.

The X-ray machine is connected to a computer that shows our team the image within minutes. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera is a small video camera that takes an image of the outside of the gum or tooth. The intraoral camera resembles an oversized pen. While simultaneously viewing a monitor, the dentist inserts the camera into a patient's mouth and gently shifts it about so that images can be taken from a variety of angles. 

The intraoral camera is extremely helpful in diagnosing dental conditions such as tooth decay and cracked teeth and in educating the patient. Since the intraoral camera is used in tandem with a computer screen or television monitor, your dentist can easily show you, in real-time, if you have a fractured tooth or need gum disease treatment. A picture is worth a thousand words!

Time-savings that come with the intraoral camera are especially noticeable when your dentist needs to take several images at one time. Intraoral camera images are easy to re-take, print and duplicate. Printouts can be sent to dental insurance companies to strengthen claims. In fact, these images are so useful that some insurance companies now accept images via e-mail; the reduced paper trail cuts down on claim-processing time and is an environmentally friendly option as well.

For more information on the intraoral camera at Danville Family Dental Care, call us at 217-442-0445 today!

iTero Dental Impressions

Used to get effective intraoral x-rays, the iTero dental impressions provide a 3-D image of your teeth. It’s used to acquire dental impressions for braces, dental fillings, dental crowns, implants and more!

The iTero dental impressions tool takes minutes and can be performed without any protective wear.

KaVo DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Finder

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Smile Vision technology

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Danville Family Dental Care in Danville has the ideal dental imaging procedure for you. Call us for an appointment or come by our office today. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have.