Dental Imaging Techniques
Our dental practice uses various dental imaging techniques to precisely diagnose any dental issues that you may present. Dental imaging provides our dentist with insight into your oral health and has proven to be very useful for our dental practice. We use these techniques to offer you treatments that will take care of your unique conditions or to verify that a treatment plan has worked. The following are the dental imaging techniques we offer at Streets of St. Charles Dental.
Digital X-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry and one of the most popular dental imaging devices. This technology replaces conventional X-rays, reducing the exposure to radiation, the use of film, harsh chemicals and waste materials used to capture the images. The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of them 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. They also make it easier for our dentist to accurately and efficiently reach a diagnosis as their processing time is faster, providing immediate results.
The intraoral camera, is used when our dentist needs to take x-rays which display the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible. In this case, the camera is mainly 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:
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.
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.
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.
Streets of St. Charles Dental in St. Charles Missouri is happy to use these dental imaging techniques to better service you and your oral health needs. Contact us at 636-493-6494 to schedule an appointment with our dentist at your convenience. Our staff is available to answer any inquiries you may have.