The Different Kinds of Dental Imaging Techniques Used by Dentists

An x-ray can be used to obtain images of dental results, making it convenient for our dentist to examine your teeth during your dental appointment. Your initial visit to our dentist office will be spent taking x-rays to properly diagnose any oral problem.

Digital X-Rays

Offering superior resolution with less radiation exposure, the digital x-ray at Rayview Dental Group is an excellent new way to help diagnose possible oral problems. The digital radiograph not only emits half the amount of radiation associated with traditional x-rays, but is also much less time consuming. Using a sensor that is placed in your mouth in the correct position, the pictures are taken and immediately sent to our computer. We can then review the information with you right from the computer screen.

Benefits of Digital X-Rays

  • Exposes the patient to half the amount of radiation received from traditional x-rays
  • Gray-scale resolution of 256 colors compared to 16 – 25 shades on conventional film, allowing for a more detailed, accurate analysis
  • Immediately transfers images to monitor so that the dentist can review and explain the information to the patient
  • Images can be enlarged and saved for future reference
  • Offers the ability to compare your x-rays with one another digitally on our computer
  • Less time spent developing x-rays means more time to take care of your dental needs

Why Are Digital X-Rays Important

  • To locate areas of decay that can’t be detected with a visual examination
  • To detect periodontal disease by investigating possible bone loss
  • To aid in the preparation and placement of dental implants, orthodontics and other dental work
  • To locate possible abnormalities such as cysts and oral cancer

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera is a small video camera that takes an image of the outside of the gum or tooth. The intraoral camera resembles an oversized pen. While simultaneously viewing a monitor, the dentist inserts the camera into a patient's mouth and gently shifts it about so that images can be taken from a variety of angles. 

The intraoral camera is extremely helpful in diagnosing dental conditions such as tooth decay and cracked teeth and in educating the patient. Since the intraoral camera is used in tandem with a computer screen or television monitor, your dentist can easily show you, in real-time, if you have a fractured tooth or need gum disease treatment. A picture is worth a thousand words!

Time-savings that come with the intraoral camera are especially noticeable when your dentist needs to take several images at one time. Intraoral camera images are easy to re-take, print and duplicate. Printouts can be sent to dental insurance companies to strengthen claims. In fact, these images are so useful that some insurance companies now accept images via e-mail; the reduced paper trail cuts down on claim-processing time and is an environmentally friendly option as well.

For more information on the intraoral camera at Rayview Dental Group, call us at 816-737-3400 today!

Remember, early identification of a dental health concern can lead to proper treatment and maintenance of good oral health, which has a major contribution towards overall health. Rayview Dental Group in Raytown, Missouri has an expert team of professionals on board to provide treatment for your dental needs!

In case you have additional queries regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation and quote, contact us today.