Dental Imaging Methods

Our dentist uses several dental imaging methods at our office to accurately diagnose oral health issues and plan precise treatments. The type of x-rays or other imaging needed will depend on your unique symptoms. Additionally, x-rays are also performed at least once per year as part of your biannual exam and teeth cleaning. 

Digital X-Rays

Traditional film x-rays were a lengthy process and resulted in alarming amounts of radiation exposure. Today, our dentist uses digital x-rays instead. The machine is connected to a computer so the images are displayed immediately. Our dentist can quickly examine them, identify any abnormalities and discuss treatment options with you, all within a few minutes' time. The process also requires far less radiation exposure, making digital x-rays much safer for our patients.

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera is a small video camera that takes an image of the outside of the gum or tooth. The intraoral camera resembles an oversized pen. While simultaneously viewing a monitor, the dentist inserts the camera into a patient's mouth and gently shifts it about so that images can be taken from a variety of angles. 

The intraoral camera is extremely helpful in diagnosing dental conditions such as tooth decay and cracked teeth and in educating the patient. Since the intraoral camera is used in tandem with a computer screen or television monitor, your dentist can easily show you, in real-time, if you have a fractured tooth or need gum disease treatment. A picture is worth a thousand words!

Time-savings that come with the intraoral camera are especially noticeable when your dentist needs to take several images at one time. Intraoral camera images are easy to re-take, print and duplicate. Printouts can be sent to dental insurance companies to strengthen claims. In fact, these images are so useful that some insurance companies now accept images via e-mail; the reduced paper trail cuts down on claim-processing time and is an environmentally friendly option as well.

For more information on the intraoral camera at Redbird Dental Care, call us at 309-664-6868 today!

 in Bloomington, Illinois, has a dedicated team of professionals on board to evaluate and address all of your dental concerns. Identifying the problem is the first step for our dentist to recommend appropriate treatment solutions. 

If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation, contact us today at 309-664-6868 to schedule an appointment.