A Guide to Dental Imaging

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.

Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your doctor may use this technology to produce three dimensional  images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. With cone beam CT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of images. This makes it much easier to analyze the issue and make an accurate diagnosis, allowing for successful treatment planning and completion. 

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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.

Intraoral Camera

Intraoral Cameras are used to generate images of remarkable sharpness and clarity. They have the necessary depth-of-view for both intra- and extraoral images, from full arch to macro views, delivering consistently clear, high-resolution images that our dentist can easily share with you, so you see what our dentist sees, helping you make an educated decision regarding treatment recommendations. Intraoral cameras are used for:

  • Periapical X-Rays: These X-rays produce results limited to one tooth only as it focuses on the details and the anatomy of that one tooth in particular. This kind of intraoral camera detects even the smallest changes in your dental structure.

  • Bite-Wing X-Rays: These X-rays produces images that include the upper and lower teeth of a specific area in your mouth. This intraoral camera helps detect tooth decay, cavities, or any other abnormality in your mouth.

  • Occlusal X-Rays: This intraoral camera focuses on the arch of the teeth, either on the upper jaw or the lower jaw. The images obtained help study the dental structure and the effects 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 Largo, Florida is experienced in the use of advanced tools and technology for the treatment and diagnosis of dental diseases. Call us at 727-536-5787 for an appointment or come by the office today to discuss any concerns you may have with our dentist.