Dental Imaging At A Glance

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. From the simple intra-oral periapical X-rays to advanced imaging techniques like magnetic resonance imaging, cone beam computed tomography, computed tomography, and ultrasound have also found their place in modern dentistry. Moving 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. Some of these innovative technologies will be discussed in this article.

Digital X-rays

Digital X-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry. The technology replaces the concept of traditional films used in conventional X-rays with advanced electronic sensors.

Here are some benefits of digital X-rays:

Unlike traditional X-rays, digital X-ray causes less exposure to radiations.

It enables our dentist to make an accurate diagnosis more efficiently.

It reduces the use of waste materials or harsh chemicals, unlike conventional X-rays.

It is less time-consuming and provides immediate results.

It offers better imaging results, enabling our dentist to diagnose abnormalities in teeth, gums or enamel instantly
In addition, this technique of digital imaging provides exceptional quality images to our dentist with a far less use of radiation. Also, our dentist can adjust the image (contrast or brightness) according to their requirements by using simple processing techniques. The technique has become one of the most adopted methods of digital imaging in the practice.

Intraoral Camera

Intraoral Cameras are used to generate images of remarkable sharpness and clarity. They have the necessary depth-of-view for both intra- and extraoral images, from full arch to macro views, delivering consistently clear, high-resolution images that our dentist can easily share with you, so you see what our dentist sees, helping you make an educated decision regarding treatment recommendations. Intraoral cameras are used for:

  • Periapical X-Rays: These X-rays produce results limited to one tooth only as it focuses on the details and the anatomy of that one tooth in particular. This kind of intraoral camera detects even the smallest changes in your dental structure.

  • Bite-Wing X-Rays: These X-rays produces images that include the upper and lower teeth of a specific area in your mouth. This intraoral camera helps detect tooth decay, cavities, or any other abnormality in your mouth.

  • Occlusal X-Rays: This intraoral camera focuses on the arch of the teeth, either on the upper jaw or the lower jaw. The images obtained help study the dental structure and the effects of any procedure.

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 Merrill, Wisconsin is experienced in the use of advanced tools and technology for the treatment and diagnosis of dental diseases. Call us at 715-536-9628 for an appointment or come by the office today to discuss any concerns you may have with our dentist.