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.
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.
The intraoral camera is a common type of digital x-ray used by our dentist when a clear view of the interior of your mouth is needed. These x-rays are comfortable and quick.
There are three different types of x-rays taken wiht an intraoral camera:
- Occlusal x-rays are ideal when an overview of the arch and location of teeth is needed to identify misalignment and plan for orthodontic treatment.
- Periapical x-rays show the entire structure of the tooth, from the crown to the root, and are used to identify any abnormal changes or growths.
- Bitewing x-rays focus on the enamel of the teeth to identify cavities and the deterioration of dental restorations like fillings.
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.