Dental Imaging

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Modern Dental Imaging Techniques

During the past three decades, dentistry has witnessed great advances in all its branches. Consequently, the need for more precise diagnostic tools, specifically imaging methods, has become mandatory. From the simple intraoral periapical X-rays to advanced imaging techniques, like magnetic resonance imaging, cone beam computed tomography, computed tomography and ultrasound, have all found their place in modern dentistry. Moving from analog to digital radiography has not only made the process simpler and faster, but has also made image storage, manipulation, and retrieval easier. Three-dimensional imaging has made the complex craniofacial structures more accessible for examination and for the early and accurate diagnosis of conditions that range from mild to severe. 

At Seasons Family Dental Care in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, we utilize a variety of these dental imaging to provide the most thorough diagnosis. Learn about each of these systems, below. 

Digital X-rays

Among the most frequently used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful as they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays do. The imaging results helps 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 images 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.

Intraoral Camera

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.

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Digital dental imaging makes it easier for our team to diagnose oral diseases and abnormalities. Images are usually taken after our dentist has conducted an initial examination and the technology to be used will be determined according to your age and dental history, among other factors.

Our dentist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is experienced in the use of advanced tools and technology for the treatment and diagnosis of dental diseases. Call us at 319-409-5950 for an appointment or come by the office today to discuss any concerns you may have with our team.