The Modern Dental Imaging Techniques We Use
To maintain healthy teeth, it's essential to have good oral and dental hygiene. It is also vital to visit our dentist, who will provide advice and instructions on how to take care of your teeth properly. During your initial visit to Clermont Endodontic Specialist in Clermont, Florida, you can expect your oral exam to be accompanied by x-rays or other dental imaging techniques.
Dental imaging helps our dentist make a well-informed diagnosis and treatment plan catered to your unique needs. There are various types of x-rays available for dental imaging. Depending on your symptoms, some x-ray procedures will be more suitable than others. Take a closer look at some of the modern dental imaging procedures we may use during your visit.
Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are especially valuable because they don't expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays. The resulting images aid our dentist in identifying any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.
The digital x-ray machine is connected to a computer that displays the image minutes after it is taken. This process is not only convenient, but 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 utilized when our dentist needs to take x-rays that show 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 can be used, and each is chosen based on the area of the mouth that is being x-rayed. These variations include:
· Periapical X-ray: The periapical x-ray reveals the entire tooth, from its starting point in the jaw to the enamel. This style of dental imaging is important to identify any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes which might be occurring at the root, near the gum or in other bone structures.
· Bitewing X-ray: Focusing on the enamel of the teeth, bitewing x-rays are essential for identifying cavities and tooth decay between the teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum diseases are also easy to identify with this tool. In situations where fillings need replacing, the bitewing x-ray can be used to identify the level of deterioration that has occurred.
· Occlusal X-ray: Occlusal x-rays allow for a broader look at the placement and overall arch of the teeth. This technique is largely used to identify alignment problems that need to be fixed with braces.
Our dentist may use any these styles of intraoral camera x-rays based on your particular dental needs.
Oral Cancer Screening (Velscope)
Our dentist may also recommend that you get tested or screened for oral cancer. One of the tools used for oral cancer screening is Velscope, which is a technology that is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is efficient in diagnosing oral cancer. The system works by analyzing and providing visual representations of abnormalities in the oral mucous that may not be visible to the naked eye. It's one of the most widely used tools for oral cancer screenings today.
iTero Dental Impressions
Used to get effective intraoral x-rays, the iTero dental impressions provide a 3D image of your teeth. This technique is used to acquire dental impressions for braces, dental fillings, dental crowns, implants and more. The iTero dental impressions tool takes minutes to use and can be operated without any protective wear.
A CEPH X-ray, also known as a cephalometric analysis, is a type of panoramic x-ray that displays the entire bone structure of your neck and head. Our dentist will use this dental imaging technique to identify any problems in the jaw, neck and head areas that may be affecting your oral and facial bone development.
This tool is useful for understanding the occurrence of underbites and overbites, and it helps realistically predict the movement of teeth when applying various treatments. With the condition of the jaw in mind, the CEPH X-ray can work out how the teeth will move and predict how soon the results will occur.
Digital X-rays have become an advancement in many dental fields. Taking x-rays digitally is more convenient and produces more accurate, reliable results than before. This process is safer for the patients and quicker than traditional x-rays. A digital x-ray is safer because it doesn’t expose the patient to harmful x-ray radiations as the previous forms of technology. A digital x-ray is quicker because it gives results without delay, where the device is attached to a computer and shows the x-ray on screen immediately.
i-CAT 3-D imaging
Dental implants are the most sophisticated replacement for missing teeth but are time-consuming to place. i-CAT® scans vastly reduce the time it takes to implant teeth.and are quick and simple to perform.
A Cone Beam Imaging System is at the heart of the i-CAT® scanner. During the scan, the patient sits stationary on a designated seat. The cone beams are used to take hundreds of pictures of the face. These pictures are used to compile an exact 3D image of the inner workings of the face and jaw. The dentist is able to zoom in on specific areas and view them from alternate angles.
Patients report the i-CAT® scanner is comfortable because they remain in a sitting position at all times. Additionally, the scanner provides an open environment, meaning that claustrophobic feelings are eliminated. The i-CAT® scan is a tool that is minimizing the cost of dental treatment, reducing treatment time and enhancing the end results of dental surgery.
Ask our team at Clermont Endodontic Specialist about i-CAT 3D imaging. Call us at 352-394-0150.
In endodontics, accurate treatment is not only dependent on the skills and knowledge of the dentist but also on clear, detailed visualization of the surgical field. As the outcome of an endodontic treatment is influenced by many factors that are not visible to the naked eye (such as additional root canals or anatomical variations), the high magnification and illumination provided by an endododontic microscope has become indispensable for both diagnosis and therapy. Today, it is widely agreed that the use of dental microscopes can provide significant visualization benefits at all stages of endodontic treatment.
The benefits of utilizing an endodontic microscope include:
- Improved visualization, magnification and illumination of the root and tooth structures
- Improved diagnosis
- Increased precision and predictability in procedures
- Improved manipulation of tissues
- More thorough cleansing of root canal systems
At Clermont Endodontic Specialist, we use the latest technology and equipment to ensure your good oral health. Call us at Clermont Endodontic Specialist to schedule an appointment.
At Clermont Endodontic Specialist in Clermont, Florida, we utilize a variety of dental imaging technologies to ensure each patient receives the treatments they need. Take the first step in achieving your dental goals today by calling 352-394-0150. Our dentist and team are here to schedule your appointment, answer your questions and address any concerns.