Nine Different Varieties of Dental Imaging Techniques used by Dentists

The initial visit to our dentist usually consists of taking tests and identifying the presence of any dental issue. The x-ray is known to provide instant results, making it easier for our dentist to recognize an issue and decide the course of further treatment.

Dental imaging could be processed through a variety of x-rays. Our dentist always takes your needs into consideration in order to deliver the best possible result. A particular x-ray procedure can help reveal the cause of any oral symptoms you may have.

The following are a few x-ray and dental imaging techniques that our dentist might make use of:

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 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 needing to wait hours or days.

Intraoral Camera

Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera, is used when dentists needs to take images of the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible.

Listed below are three different types of intraoral x-rays that are used, based on the area of the mouth being x-rayed:

  • 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. With this tool, it is easy to identify gum disease, which can cause tooth decay. Sometimes, for replacement or renewing of 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 starts at the jaw to the enamel. This is important to identify any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes which can occur at the root, near the gum, or even other bone structures.

  • 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 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 an intraoral camera. Our dentist uses of any of these based on the type of dental problem you are facing.

Maintenance of overall health is tied with the maintenance of oral health. In order to maintain your oral health, it is important to identify any persisting dental issues. Arlington River Family Dental in Jacksonville, Florida, has a committed dentist and professional team on board to evaluate and treat all of your dental requirements!