About Dental Imaging

An initial visit to our dentist usually consists of tests to identify the cause of any dental condition. Procedures during this visit took time and generally required more than one session, but with the advancement of technology in dentistry, our dentist has adopted techniques that are more efficient in helping diagnose any dental issues.

When it comes to dental imaging, modern day techniques have enabled us to obtain better and faster results.

If you are wondering about the ways our staff is adopting these methods, in this article, we will closely look at the various, modern techniques of dental imaging that are now being used at our office to save you time and resources:

Intraoral Camera

An Intraoral Camera is a type of dental imaging equipment which helps in viewing the internal sections of the mouth with improved visibility. This camera provides great convenience in taking internal images of a patient’s mouth.

Some advantages of intraoral Camera include:

● Ergonomically designed hand-pieces to obtain high-quality images

● Single button capturing feasibility, unlike other techniques which require clicking on computer screens

● A hand-piece that can be plugged into a USB port to export images

● More visibility to patients, making them more responsive to recommended treatments

● A time-saving technique that helps take multiple images at once

The intraoral camera offers great feasibility to obtain images from different angles, lessening the likelihood of a misdiagnosis. Our dentist will advise you on the kinds of intraoral cameras our practice offers and which would be best for you.

Digital X-rays

A digital x-ray replaces the concept of traditional films used in conventional X-rays with advanced, electronic sensors. It is one of the biggest advancements in dental technology. 

Below are some great benefits of digital X-rays in comparison to the traditional x-ray:

● Produces less radiation

● Enables our dentist to make a more accurate diagnosis

● Reduces the use of materials or harsh chemicals

● Quicker to use and provides immediate results

● Produces better image results, enabling our dentist to figure out abnormalities in teeth, gums or enamel instantly.

Digital x-rays provide exceptional quality images for our dentist, who is able to adjust the images brightness and contrast accordingly. This technique has become one of the most adopted methods of digital imaging.

Oral Cancer Screening (VELscope)

When detected early, oral cancer is completely treatable. This technology helps identify abnormal tissue development that commonly results in cancer. It also helps inspect abnormal changes in other parts of the mouth, such as the tongue. Oral cancer screening through VELscope is beneficial due to:

● Fast and consistent treatment of cancer affected areas

● Its identification of cancer-related issues at an early stage, unlike other procedures

● Improving the rate of oral tissue survival

● Identification of oral cancer indications which are not visible to the naked eye

VELscope oral cancer screening is a technological tool that has changed the direction of oral cancer treatments worldwide.

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 traditional film x-rays. The imaging results helps our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth, and enamel with ease.

The x-ray machine connects to a computer that displays images within minutes of being taken. This not only shortens your dental appointment, but 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 our dentist needs to take x-rays which show the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible. In this case, the camera is largely focused on the inside of your mouth.

There are three different types of intraoral x-rays that are used:

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 that might can occur at the root, near the gum, or even other bone structures.

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. Tooth decay caused by gum diseases are also easy to identify with this tool. Sometimes for replacement or renewing of fillings, the bitewing x-ray can be used to identify the level of deterioration that has taken place.

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 to 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 the help of an intraoral camera. Our dentist makes use of any of these based on the kind of dental problem you experience.

If you have any questions about our dental imaging services, please call us at 727-733-3238. Dunedin Dental Care is here to answer any concerns you might have.