The Modern Dental Imaging Techniques We Use
To maintain healthy teeth, it's essential to have good oral and dental hygiene. It is also vital to visit our dentist, who will provide advice and instructions on how to take care of your teeth properly. During your initial visit to Alliance Dental Group in Oglesby, Illinois, you can expect your oral exam to be accompanied by X-Rays or other dental imaging techniques.
Dental imaging helps our dentist make a well-informed diagnosis and treatment plan catered to your unique needs. There are various types of X-Rays available for dental imaging. Depending on your symptoms, some X-Ray procedures will be more suitable than others. Take a closer look at some of the modern dental imaging procedures we may use during your visit.
A cephalometric X-ray, or ceph X-ray, is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. Ceph X-Rays are extraoral, so patients do not have to insert any sort of trays, bitewings or films into the mouth. They are also safe, fast, painless and extremely effective.Read more about CEPH X-ray
Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging
Dental Cone Beam Tomography, also known as a Cone Beam CT, is used when regular facial or dental x-rays are not applicable to the patient’s dental condition. With cone beam tomography, our dentist can acquire a three-dimensional (3D) image of the teeth, gums and other soft tissues, as well as the bones and nerve pathways of the roots, to correctly identify and treat the problem.
Dental cone beam tomography also helps identify unusual bone growth, nasal cavity issues, jaw diseases and problems in the sinus area. The images produced are usually more detailed than the ones you would receive with a traditional CT. This also helps identify complications in the muscular structure, lymph nodes, nerves and glands in the mouth. This type of x-ray is often used when planning for in-depth surgery.
Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital X-Rays are especially valuable because they don't expose you to as much radiation as film X-Rays. The resulting images aid our dentist in identifying any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.
The digital X-Ray machine is connected to a computer that displays the image minutes after it is taken. This process is not only convenient, but it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.
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 Alliance Dental Group, call us at 815-883-3162 today!
At Alliance Dental Group in Oglesby, Illinois, we utilize a variety of dental imaging technologies to ensure each patient receives the treatments they need. Take the first step in achieving your dental goals today by calling 815-883-3162. Our dentist and team are here to schedule your appointment, answer your questions and address any concerns.