Dental Imaging Techniques

When you go to our dentist, a large part of the initial visit is spent taking tests and/or diagnosing any dental issues you may be experiencing. In many cases, the kind of x ray used can provide immediate results, which makes it easier for both our dentist and you to understand the problem and assess it accordingly.

CEPH X-Ray

A CEPH x-ray, also known as a cephalometric analysis, is a type of panoramic x-ray that is used to view the entire bone structure of your neck and head. Our dentist uses this technique to identify if there are any developmental problems in the jaw, neck and head area that could be causing growth issues to the oral and facial bones.

This tool is especially useful for understanding the occurrence of underbites and overbites because it helps to realistically predict the movement of teeth when applying various treatments. Keeping the condition of the jaw in mind, a CEPH x-ray can work out how the teeth will be fixed and predict how soon the results can be seen. Braces, in particular, require careful planning to eliminate the chances of causing undue damage to the bone structure, which makes this type of x ray beneficial.

Digital X-Rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful as they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays tend to 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  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.

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 Advanced Dentistry, call us at 847-895-8565 today!

iTero Dental Impressions

Used to get effective intraoral x-rays, the iTero dental impressions provides a 3D image of your teeth. It’s used to acquire dental impressions for braces, dental fillings, dental crowns, implants and more.The iTero dental impressions tool take minutes to do and can be performed without any protective wear.

Endodontic Microscopes

In endodontics, accurate treatment is not only dependent on the skills and knowledge of the dentist but also on clear, detailed visualization of the surgical field. As the outcome of an endodontic treatment is influenced by many factors that are not visible to the naked eye (such as additional root canals or anatomical variations), the high magnification and illumination provided by an endodontic microscope have become indispensable for both diagnosis and therapy. Today, it is widely agreed that the use of dental microscopes can provide significant visualization benefits at all stages of endodontic treatment.

The benefits of utilizing an endodontic microscope include:

  • Improved visualization, magnification, and illumination of the root and tooth structures
  • Improved diagnosis 
  • Increased precision and predictability in procedures
  • Improved manipulation of tissues
  • More thorough cleansing of root canal systems 

At Advanced Dentistry, we use the latest technology and equipment to ensure your good oral health. Call us at Advanced Dentistry to schedule an appointment.

If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation and quote, contact us today to schedule an appointment.