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 you 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

Digital X-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry. Unlike traditional X-rays, digital X-rays use less radiation.  This technology replaces conventional X-rays, reducing the use of film, harsh chemicals and waste materials used to capture the images. 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.  They also make it easier for our dentist to accurately and efficiently reach a diagnosis as their processing time is faster, providing immediate results.

Intraoral Camera

An Intraoral Camera is a type of dental imaging equipment that provides great convenience when taking internal images of a patient’s mouth. This helps in viewing the internal sections of the mouth clearly with improved visibility. 

Some advantages of intraoral Camera include:

● Ergonomically designed hand-pieces to obtain high-quality images

● Single button capturing feasibility, unlike other techniques which require clicking on computer screens

● A hand-piece that can be plugged into a USB port to export images

● More visibility to patients, making them more responsive to recommended treatments

● A time-saving technique that helps take multiple images at once

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.

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.
 

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.