Our Dental Imaging Guide
The initial visit to the dentist is mostly for a routine checkup or evaluation to identify the cause of any dental condition. Previously, this was considered to be a time consuming process that required more than one visit. Today, the type of x-ray used during the comprehensive examination may deliver instant results making it convenient for the dentist to quickly identify the problem and determine a treatment.
There are many types of x-rays available for dental imaging. At Dental Care of Westover Hills, our dentist performs an evaluation to provide you with the best treatment suited to your particular needs. Take a closer look at the tools we utilize at our San Antonio, Texas, office, below.
Digital x-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry. This technology replaces conventional x-rays, reducing the use of film, harsh chemicals and waste materials used to capture the images. Unlike traditional x-rays, digital x-rays use less radiation. They also make it easier for our dentist to accurately and efficiently reach a diagnosis as their processing time is faster, providing immediate results.
Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera is used when our dentist needs to take x-rays to see 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 are used based on the area of the mouth that is being x-rayed. The following are the kinds of intraoral x-rays:
- 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.
- 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.
- Bitewing x-ray: Focusing on the enamel of the teeth, bitewing x-rays are essential for identifying cavities and tooth decay which might occur. 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.
These are the most common types of intraoral x-rays which are taken with the help of an intraoral camera.
Identifying the issue is the first step for our dentist to further decide on proper treatment. Dental Care of Westover Hills in San Antonio, , has a dedicated team of professionals available to evaluate and correct all of your dental needs. If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation, contact us today to schedule an appointment at 210-520-3400.