Dental Imaging Methods
On your first visit, most of the time will be spent on diagnosing the root cause of any dental problems, running some quick tests and taking some dental images. Advanced dental imaging techniques allow dental health professionals to quickly capture clear high-resolution images of your dental anatomy from wider and different angles. This tremendous advancement in the field of dentistry is not only time saving but also gives our dentist the necessary insight to provide you with the most accurate treatment for your dental care needs. This technology helps monitor the progress of your treatment and your overall oral condition.
Digital X-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry. Unlike traditional X-rays, digital X-rays use much less radiation. This technology replaces conventional X-rays, reducing the use of film, harsh chemicals and waste materials used to capture the images. In digital radiography, the x-ray sensor is connected to a computer that showcases the image within seconds of them being taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately. They also make it easier for our dentist to accurately and efficiently reach a diagnosis as the diagnostic quality of digital radiographs is far superior to film.
There are three types of intraoral x-rays that are used according to the area of the mouth that is being imaged. 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.
Occlusal x-ray – This x-ray 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.
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.
An intraoral camera is a small video camera that takes an image of the outside of the gum or tooth. The intraoral camera resembles an oversized pen. While simultaneously viewing a monitor, the dentist inserts the camera into a patient's mouth and gently shifts it about so that images can be taken from a variety of angles.
The intraoral camera is extremely helpful in diagnosing dental conditions such as tooth decay and cracked teeth and in educating the patient. Since the intraoral camera is used in tandem with a computer screen or television monitor, your dentist can easily show you, in real-time, if you have a fractured tooth or need gum disease treatment. A picture is worth a thousand words!
Time-savings that come with the intraoral camera are especially noticeable when your dentist needs to take several images at one time. Intraoral camera images are easy to re-take, print and duplicate. Printouts can be sent to dental insurance companies to strengthen claims. In fact, these images are so useful that some insurance companies now accept images via e-mail; the reduced paper trail cuts down on claim-processing time and is an environmentally friendly option as well.
For more information on the intraoral camera at Midtown Dental Associates, call us at 512-472-2246 today!
Identifying the issues is a priority for our dentist to further decide the course of the required dental treatment to correct the problem. Good oral health has a great impact on your overall health. Midtown Dental Associates in Austin, Texas, has a dedicated team of professionals on board to assess and treat all of your dental needs.