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

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 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 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.

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 endododontic microscope has 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.