Dental Imaging Technology

Dental imaging is a contemporary technique that is based on the magnitude of radiation penetrating through your dental structure. These radiations hit the film and produce an image that assists your dentist in identifying the root cause of a dental issue or pain in teeth.

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 are useful as they do not expose you to as much radiation as traditional x-rays tend to do. The imaging results help your dentist to identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with ease.

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

Intraoral Camera

Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera, is used when your dentist needs to take x-rays to see 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 that is being x-rayed. The following are those kinds of intraoral x-rays:

  • 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.

  • 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 even 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.

These are the most common types of intraoral x-rays taken with the help of an intraoral camera. Your dentist can use of any of these based on the kind of dental problem you are facing.

If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation and quote, contact us today at 904-686-1400 to schedule an appointment.