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

Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera is used when our dentist needs to take x-rays which show the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible. In this case, the camera is largely 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. 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.

  • 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 is 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.

  • Occlusal x-ray: This 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.

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.

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.