Our Dental Imaging
The initial visit to the dentist is mostly for a routine check-up or evaluation to identify the cause of any dental condition. Previously this was considered to be a lengthy process that also required more than one visit. Nowadays, the type of x-ray used during the comprehensive examination may deliver instant results, making it convenient for the dentist to quickly identify the problem and determine a treatment.
There are many types of x-rays available for dental imaging. At Dental Care on San Antonio, our dentist performs an evaluation to provide you with the best treatment suited to your particular needs. Dental Care on San Antonio offers several x-ray and dental imaging tools.
A cephalometric X-ray, or ceph X-ray, is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. Ceph X-Rays are extraoral, so patients do not have to insert any sort of trays, bitewings or films into the mouth. They are also are safe, fast, painless and extremely effective.Read more about Ceph X-Ray
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.Read more about Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging
Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful as they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays tend to do. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with ease.
The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of being taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.
Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera is used when our dentist needs to take x-rays to see 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 based on the area of the mouth that is being x-rayed. The following are the kinds of intraoral x-rays:
- 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.
- 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 which might be occurring 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.
These are the most common types of intraoral x-rays taken with the help of an intraoral camera.
Identifying the issue is the first step for our dentist to further decide on the proper treatment. Dental Care on San Antonio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has a dedicated team of professionals available to evaluate and correct all of your dental needs.
If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation, contact us today to schedule an appointment.