X-rays reveal the defects in your dental structure and various other problems with your teeth. Dental imaging is also utilized to learn about the presence of cavities, dental infections, and oral masses that can be either harmless or threatening. Dental imaging is also used to study bone loss.
Dental imaging is an advanced procedure that entirely depends on the extent of radiation penetrating through the dental structures. Radiation hits the film and strikes an image that helps our dentist study the cause of the problem or pain.
Like any other traditional image processing, dental images are also processed in a dark room. This process involves the use of chemicals and can be a lengthy and tedious process. The intention is to get the dental imaging done right in the first attempt to avoid additional exposure to radiation.
If for some reason the dental imaging fails on the first attempt, the whole process may need to be repeated by our dentist.
Dental science has developed new alternatives that have greatly improved the process of dental imaging.
Our dentist at Marketplace Dental Care in Indianapolis, Indiana always keep your comfort and needs in mind. The improved dental imaging devices and techniques discussed here are not alternatives to each other. One may be more useful than the other one, depending on the case our dentist is dealing with. Our dentist will determine the optimal procedure for each specific case.
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.
A common dental x-ray device, the intraoral camera, is used when x-rays are needed showing the inside of the mouth as clearly as possible. There are three different types of intraoral x-rays used based on the area of the mouth being viewed:
Bitewing x-ray – Focusing on teeth enamel, bitewing x-rays are essential for identifying cavities and tooth decay occurring between teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum disease is easy to identify with this tool. To check if there is need for replacing or renewing fillings, the bitewing x-ray can be used to identify the level of deterioration that has taken place.
Periapical x-ray – This x-ray reveals the entire tooth, from where it originates at the jaw, and up to the enamel. This is vital in order to identify any unusual growths, deviations or changes occurring at the root, near the gum, or other bone structures.
Occlusal x-ray – Allows for a larger view at the placement and arch of all teeth. It is largely used to identify alignment issues and fix them with the help of braces or other dental procedures.
Our dentist may use any of these, based on your dental condition.