Dental Imaging Techniques

When you schedule an appointment with our dentist for digital imaging, our dentist will assess and diagnose the current state of your oral health. In many cases, digital imaging delivers instant results, making it convenient for you and our dentist.

There are different types of x-rays available for dental imaging. Our dentist considers your needs to provide you with best possible outcome. Few x-ray techniques tend to be more reasonable than others based on the symptoms you're experiencing.

Here are a few x-ray and dental imaging techniques that our dentist might use:

Digital X-Rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful because they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays often do. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with ease.

The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that displays the image minutes after they are taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately, instead of needing 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 that show the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible. 

There are three different types of intraoral x-rays that are used based on the area of the mouth being x-rayed, listed below:

  • Occlusal x-ray – This allows our dentist to take an increased look at the placement and the arch of all the teeth. This is  used to identify alignment problems and to fix them with braces or other dental procedures.

  • Periapical x-ray – This x-ray reveals the entire tooth, from its starting point in the jaw to the enamel. This helps identify any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes which might occur at the root, near the gum or in 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 might occur between the teeth. This tool also easily identifies tooth decay caused by gum diseases. Sometimes, the bitewing x-ray can be used to identify the level of deterioration that has taken place so that fillings can be renewed or replaced.

These are the most common types of intraoral x-rays that are taken with the help of an intraoral camera. Our dentist may use of any of these based on the type of dental problem you are experiencing.

If you have any questions aboutour dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation and quote, contact us today at 678-407-2757 to schedule an appointment.