What You Should Know About Dental Imaging

Dental imaging is a convenient tool to learn about the presence of cavities, dental infections and other oral health conditions. When visiting Dental Care of Springfield, you may go through an evaluation to identify dental issues that you may be experiencing. In most cases, the type of x-ray used can deliver instant results, making it convenient for our dentists to identify the problem and determine a treatment. There are different types of x-rays available for dental imaging. Our dentists evaluate your needs to provide you with alternatives.

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 help our dentists 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 being taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows our dentists 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 dentists need to take x-rays to see 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 being x-rayed, listed below:

  • Bitewing x-ray – Focusing on the enamel of the teeth, bitewing x-rays are essential for identifying cavities and tooth decay which might occur. 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 an increased 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.
  • Periapical x-ray – This x-ray reveals the entire tooth, from where it starts at the jaw to the enamel. This is important to identifying any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes which might occur at the root, near the gum or other bone structures. 

These are the most common types of intraoral x-rays which are taken with the help of an intraoral camera. Our dentists may make use of any of these based on the type of dental problem you are facing.

Good oral health has a great impact on your overall health. Identifying the issue is the first step for our dentists to decide on the proper treatment. Dental Care of Springfield in Springfield, has a dedicated team of professionals on board to evaluate and correct all of your dental needs. If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation, contact us today to coordinate a visit.