Our Dental Imaging Methods For You

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

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.

Here are some great benefits of the digital X-ray:

  • It creates less exposure to radiation than traditional X-rays

  • It enables dentists to make a diagnosis more accurately

  • It reduces using wasted materials and harsh chemicals

  • It reduces time consumption and provides immediate results

  • It produces instant imaging results, especially of abnormalities in teeth, gums, and enamel

Also, dentists can easily adjust the image (contrast or brightness). The digital x-ray provides great convenience and has become one of the most adopted methods of digital imaging.

Intraoral Camera

The intraoral camera comes with three options:

  • Bite-Wing X-Ray: This x-ray produces a result that incorporates the upper and lower teeth of a specific area in your mouth. This intraoral camera helps in detecting tooth decays, cavities or any other abnormality in the patient’s mouth.

  • Periapical X-Ray: This x-ray produces a result limited to only one tooth. It studies the details and the anatomy of that one tooth in particular. This is why this kind of intraoral camera detects even the smallest change in the patient’s dental structure.

  • Occlusal X-Ray: This intraoral camera focuses on the arch of the teeth. It could be either the upper jaw or the lower jaw of the patient. This camera can produce results which help study the dental structure and the developments of any procedure.

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 Columbia, South Carolina is experienced in the use of advanced tools and technology for the treatment and diagnosis of dental diseases. Call us at 803-788-0360 for an appointment or come by the office today to discuss any concerns you may have with our dentist.