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.

CEPH X-Ray

An CEPH x-ray, also known as a Cephalometric Analysis is a type of panoramic x-ray that is used to get a look at the entire bone structure of your neck and head. This can be done by our dentist to identify if there are any developmental problems in the jaw, neck and head area which could be causing problems with proper development in the oral and facial bones of your face.

This tool is largely useful for understanding the occurrence of underbites and overbites, and helps to realistically predict the movement of teeth when applying various treatments. Keeping the condition of the jaw in mind, this tool can work out how the teeth will be fixed and predict how soon the results can be seen.

Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging

Dental cone beam tomography, also known as a Cone Beam CT, is largely used when regular facial or dental x-rays are not applicable to the dental condition being treated. With Cone beam tomography, our dentist can acquire a 3D image of the teeth, gums, and other soft tissues, as well as the bones and the nerve pathways of the roots, to correctly identify and treat the problem.

Dental cone beam tomography also helps identify unusual bone growth, nasal cavity issues, jaw diseases, and problems in the sinus area. The images produced are usually more detailed than the ones you would acquire with the help of a traditional CT. This also helps identify complications in the muscular structure, lymph nodes, nerves and glands in the mouth. This type of x-ray is often used when planning for in-depth surgery.

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.

iTero Dental Impressions

Used to get effective intraoral x-rays, the iTero dental impressions provide a 3D 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 to do and can be performed without any protective wear.

KaVo Diagnodent Laser Cavity Finder

A revolutionary way to find cavities without having to bother with x-rays, this machine is slowly swept across the enamel of the teeth and emits a signal while providing digital information regarding the location of the cavity in the tooth.

The KaVo Diagnodent calibrates and yields results with maximum efficiency. The laser is completely safe to use and does not cause any harm to the soft tissue in your mouth.

Smile Vision Technology

If you wish you could see the results of your dental treatment before starting the process, Smile Vision Technology is right for you. The software makes simulations of your teeth and applies a virtual treatment to show you the kind of results you can expect to receive afterwards.

Endodontic Microscopes

In endodontics, accurate treatment is not only dependent on the skills and knowledge of the dentist but also on clear, detailed visualization of the surgical field. As the outcome of an endodontic treatment is influenced by many factors that are not visible to the naked eye (such as additional root canals or anatomical variations), the high magnification and illumination provided by an endododontic microscope has become indispensable for both diagnosis and therapy. Today, it is widely agreed that the use of dental microscopes can provide significant visualization benefits at all stages of endodontic treatment.

The benefits of utilizing an endodontic microscope include:

  • Improved visualization, magnification and illumination of the root and tooth structures
  • Improved diagnosis 
  • Increased precision and predictability in procedures
  • Improved manipulation of tissues
  • More thorough cleansing of root canal systems 

At Dogwood Dental Care, we use the latest technology and equipment to ensure your good oral health. Call us at Dogwood Dental Care to schedule an appointment.

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.