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. ​

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 are 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

The intraoral camera, another common dental X-ray, is used when our dentist needs to take X-rays to show the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible. 

There are three different types of intraoral X-rays that are used based on the area of the mouth being X-rayed:

  • Periapical X-ray – This X-ray reveals the entire tooth, from where it starts at the jaw to the enamel. This is important to identify any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes which might be occurring at the root, near the gum or even other bone structures.
  • Bitewing X-ray – Focusing on the enamel of the teeth, bitewing X-rays are essential for identifying cavities and tooth decay which might occur between the teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum diseases are also easy to identify with this tool. Sometimes for replacement or renewing of fillings, the bitewing X-ray can be used to identify the level of deterioration that has taken place.
  • Occlusal X-ray – This allows for a bigger look at the placement and arch of all the teeth. This is largely used to identify alignment problems and to fix them with the help of braces or other dental procedures.

These are the most common types of intraoral X-rays which are taken with the help of an intraoral camera. Our dentist makes use of any of these based on the kind of dental problem you are facing.

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.

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.