Dental Imaging

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Dental X-Rays

Dental Imaging

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

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

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.

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iTero Dental Impressions

The iTero Intraoral Scanner allows doctors to take a 3D digital scan of a patient’s teeth and bite rather than using a viscous impression material. This digital impression scanner can be used for veneers, crowns, bridges, surface inlays, onlays, implant abutments from single units to full arches and even modeling an Invisalign treatment. Patients are also able to view before and simulated after images of their dental treatments on an in-office computer display.

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