Dental Imaging Techniques
At Island Walk Dental Care, our team employs dental imaging techniques to accurately diagnose any dental issues that you may present. We use these techniques to better offer you services that will effectively treat your condition or to verify that a treatment plan has worked. Dental imaging provides our dentist with insight into your oral health and have proven to be very useful for our dental practice.
The imaging results obtained with digital x-rays help our dentist efficiently identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel.
The digital 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. Furthermore, digital x-rays do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays tend to do. These features have made digital x-rays one of the most commonly used dental imaging techniques.
The intraoral camera is another common dental x-ray and is used when our dentist needs to take x-rays which display 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 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.
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.
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.
Island Walk Dental Care in Fleming Island,Florida, is glad to use these dental imaging techniques to better service you. Contact us at 904-278-6229 to schedule an appointment with our dentist at your convenience. Our staff is available to answer any inquiries you may have.