Dental Imaging Techniques Used Today

During your first appointment at 21st Century Dental , a large portion of the initial visit is spent diagnosing any present dental issues. In many cases, the x-ray technique used can provide immediate results, which makes it easier for both our dentist and our patients to understand the problem and assess it accordingly.

There are various kinds of x rays available for dental imaging, and our dentist will choose one or multiple options, depending on your circumstances. Take a closer look at the techniques available at our dental office in Springfield,IL below.

Digital X-Rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are especially beneficial because they offer lower radiation exposure than traditional film x-rays. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with ease.

To achieve these results, the x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of them being taken. This quick turnaround not only makes your dental appointment shorter, but it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.

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. 

The intraoral camera is extremely helpful in diagnosing dental conditions such as tooth decay and cracked teeth and in educating the patient. Since the intraoral camera is used in tandem with a computer screen or television monitor, your dentist can easily show you, in real-time, if you have a fractured tooth or need gum disease treatment. A picture is worth a thousand words!

Time-savings that come with the intraoral camera are especially noticeable when your dentist needs to take several images at one time. Intraoral camera images are easy to re-take, print and duplicate. Printouts can be sent to dental insurance companies to strengthen claims. In fact, these images are so useful that some insurance companies now accept images via e-mail; the reduced paper trail cuts down on claim-processing time and is an environmentally friendly option as well.

For more information on the intraoral camera at 21st Century Dental, call us at 217-698-9500 today!

The dental imaging services we provide are a vital component of helping our patients through the Springfield,IL, area achieve optimal oral health. If you have any questions or comments about the techniques our dentist utilizes, contact our team at 21st Century Dental for more information.