The modern dental imaging techniques used at Affordable Dentistry Today help our dentist achieve the most thorough diagnosis. At our dental office in Bloomington, Illinois, we offer a variety of x-ray methods and imaging tools to ensure every area of the mouth can be photographed. Take a closer look at these methods below.
Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are popular because they do not expose patients to as much radiation as traditional film x-rays. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.
During the process, the x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the images within minutes of them being taken. This quick turnaround not only shortens the duration of your appointment, but it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.
Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera, is used when our dentist needs to take x-rays that showcase the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible. There are a few different types of intraoral x-rays that are used, and each is chosen based on the area of the mouth that is being x-rayed. These types include:
Periapical X-ray: This x-ray reveals the entire tooth, from where it starts at the jaw to the enamel. Such focus is important in identifying any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes that may 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 that occur between the teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum diseases is also easy to identify with this tool. For the replacement or renewing of fillings, the bitewing x-ray can be used to determine the level of deterioration that has taken place.
Occlusal X-ray: The occlusal x-ray provides a broader view of the placement and arch of the teeth. It's largely used to identify alignment problems and to fix them with the help of braces or other dental procedures.
Each of these common types of intraoral x-rays is taken with the help of an intraoral camera. Our dentist may utilize one or more of these options to identify problems in the mouth.
The x-ray and dental imaging techniques are a vital component of assisting our patients with their oral health. If you have any questions regarding the processes and systems our dentist utilizes, learn more by calling our office at 309-661-0197. The staff at Affordable Dentistry Today is here to answer all of your questions and address any concerns!