Our Dental Imaging Techniques
Our dentist at Associated Family Dental Care in Lexington, Kentucky, utilizes a variety of dental imaging techniques to ensure an accurate diagnosis. Each of these methods are provide different results, and they're often chosen based on the specific needs of your mouth. Learn more about each, below.
Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful as they do not expose patients 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.
During the process, 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, 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 that showcase the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible. There are a few different types of intraoral x-rays that are used, and each is chosen based on the area of the mouth that is being x-rayed. These variations include:
Periapical X-ray: This x-ray reveals the entire tooth, from where it starts at the jaw to the enamel. Such focus is important to identify any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes that may 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 that occur between the teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum diseases is also easy to identify with this tool. For the replacement or renewing of fillings, the bitewing x-ray can be used to determine the level of deterioration that has taken place.
Occlusal X-ray: This x-ray style allows for a broader view of the placement and arch of all the teeth. It's largely used to identify alignment problems and to fix them with the help of braces or other dental procedures.
These are the most common types of intraoral x-rays, and each is taken with the help of an intraoral camera. Our dentist makes use of any of these based on the kind of dental problem you are facing.
If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging techniques, don't hesitate to contact our Associated Family Dental Care team today! We're happy to answer all of your concerns and explain these methods in more detail. Speak to a helpful member of the team by calling our Lexington, Kentucky, dental office at 859-276-4345.