Techniques in Dental Imaging: What Will Work for You

During the past three decades, dentistry has witnessed great advances in all its branches. Consequently, the need for more precise diagnostic tools, specifically imaging methods, has become mandatory. The transition from analog to digital radiography has not only made the process simpler and faster but has also made image storage, manipulation and retrieval easier. Three-dimensional imaging has made the complex craniofacial structures more accessible for examination and for the early and accurate diagnosis of conditions that range from mild to severe. 

At My Dentist in Springfield, Missouri, we utilize a variety of dental imaging tools to ensure our patients receive the most thorough diagnosis. Learn more about each of these, below. 

Digital X-Rays

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 helps our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.

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.

Intraoral Camera

The intraoral camera creates extremely high-resolution images, both stills and video, of the surface of the mouth. They are housed in small, wand-like devices that your dentist can easily position to get the best possible view of your gums and teeth. The intraoral camera instantly produces images that reveal problems that would normally not be visible. Your dentist can easily spot problems, such as tiny fractures in your teeth’s enamel, potential gum damage or the kind of plaque buildup that leads to decay, cavities and the need for more complex repair. However, since your dentist can now see your mouth in unprecedented detail, the use of an intraoral camera can help stop problems before they fully develop. This saves you time, money and discomfort.

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Digital dental imaging makes it easier for our dentist to diagnose oral diseases and abnormalities. Images are usually taken after our dentist has conducted an initial examination and the technology to be used will be determined according to your age and dental history, among other factors.

Our dentist in Springfield, Missouri, is experienced in the use of advanced tools and technology for the treatment and diagnosis of dental diseases. Call us at 417-862-8300 for an appointment or come by the office today to discuss any concerns you may have with our dentist.