Our Dental Imaging Techniques
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 are one of the most important advancements in dentistry. This technology replaces conventional X-rays, reducing the use of film, harsh chemicals and waste materials used to capture the images. Unlike traditional X-rays, digital X-rays use less radiation. They also make it easier for our dentist to accurately and efficiently reach a diagnosis as their processing time is faster, providing immediate results.
An intraoral camera is a convenient dental imaging equipment that offers great images of the interior of the mouth. Briefly, it offers the ability to obtain images from different angles and this translates to less room for mistakes or misdiagnosis. There are three different types of intraoral x-rays possible: the Occlusal, the Periapical and the BiteWing technologies.
- Bitewing x-ray – Focusing on teeth enamel, bitewing x-rays are essential for identifying cavities and tooth decay occurring between teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum disease is easy to identify with this tool. To check if there is need to replace or renew fillings, the bitewing x-ray can be used to identify the level of deterioration that has taken place.
- Periapical x-ray – This x-ray reveals the entire tooth, from where it originates at the jaw, and up to the enamel. This is vital in order to identify any unusual growths, deviations or changes occurring at the root, near the gum, or other bone structures.
- Occlusal x-ray – Allows for a larger view of the position and arch of all teeth. It is mainly used to identify alignment issues and fix them with the help of braces or other dental procedures.
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 Little Rock, Arkansas is experienced in the use of advanced tools and technology for the treatment and diagnosis of dental diseases. Call us at 501-224-1004 for an appointment or come by the office today to discuss any concerns you may have with our dentist.