Modern Dental Imaging Techniques

To maintain healthy teeth, it’s essential to have good oral and dental hygiene. It is also important to visit our dentist, who will advise you on how to take care of your teeth properly. During your first visit, you can expect to our dentist to perform an oral exam and take x-rays or use other dental imaging techniques.

The dental imaging techniques used today help our dentist to properly diagnose and treat your dental problems that you may experience. There are various kinds of x-rays available for dental imaging, and our dentist considers your needs when selecting which type of dental imaging they will you to diagnose your problem. Some x-ray procedures will be more helpful than others, depending on your symptoms. Listed below are some of the modern dental imaging procedures our dentist may use during your visit.

Digital X-Rays

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

The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that displays the images 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 having to wait hours or days.

Intraoral Camera

The intraoral camera is another common dental x-ray that our dentist uses when they need to take x-rays that show the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible. During this x-ray process, the camera is 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. Listed below are the different kinds of intraoral x-rays:

  • 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.

  • Occlusal x-ray – This x-ray offers a bigger look at the placement and the arch of all the teeth. This helps identify alignment problems so that they can be fixed with braces or other dental procedures.

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

Call us for an appointment at 623-492-0300 or come by our office today. Our staff at Amber Hills Family Dental in Phoenix Arizona is available to answer any questions you may have.