Dental Imaging

X-rays are among one of the methods most used when it comes to dental evaluations. Our dentist can easily identify a problem as soon as it presents itself within the image. Over the years, the way dental imaging is produced has changed, with quicker methods for immediate results and less exposure to radiation. 

Below, please see the dental imaging we provide for your convenience.

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 film x-rays tend to do. The imaging results helps our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel.

The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of them being taken. 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

Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera, is used when our dentist needs to take x-rays which 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 are used based on the area of the mouth that is being x-rayed. The following are the kinds of intraoral x-rays:

  • 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 may even 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.

Dogwood Dental Care can provide you with more information about our Digital Imagining services. Contact us today at 618-529-2471 for any questions or concerns you may have.