The Many Dental Imaging Techniques used by Dentists

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 intra-oral periapical X-rays to advanced imaging techniques like magnetic resonance imaging, cone beam computed tomography, computed tomography, and ultrasound have also 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. Some of these innovative technologies will be discussed in this article.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry. This technology replaces the concept of traditional films used in conventional X-rays and produces more precise, digital images of teeth. 

Below are benefits of digital X-rays in comparison to the traditional x-ray:

● Produces less radiation

● Enables our dentist to make a more accurate diagnosis

● Reduces the use of materials or harsh chemicals

● Quicker to use and provides immediate results

● Produces better image results, enabling our dentist to figure out abnormalities in teeth, gums or enamel instantly

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. 

The intraoral camera is extremely helpful in diagnosing dental conditions such as tooth decay and cracked teeth and in educating the patient. Since the intraoral camera is used in tandem with a computer screen or television monitor, your dentist can easily show you, in real-time, if you have a fractured tooth or need gum disease treatment. A picture is worth a thousand words!

Time-savings that come with the intraoral camera are especially noticeable when your dentist needs to take several images at one time. Intraoral camera images are easy to re-take, print and duplicate. Printouts can be sent to dental insurance companies to strengthen claims. In fact, these images are so useful that some insurance companies now accept images via e-mail; the reduced paper trail cuts down on claim-processing time and is an environmentally friendly option as well.

For more information on the intraoral camera at Quirt Family Dentistry, call us at 715-544-6100 today!

Digital dental imaging makes it easier for our dentist 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 Plover, Wisconsin is experienced in the use of advanced tools and technology for the treatment and diagnosis of dental diseases. Call us at 715-544-6100 for an appointment or come by the office today to discuss any concerns you may have with our dentist.