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 Dr. Buchanan, who will provide advice and instructions on how to take care of your teeth properly. During your initial visit to Northwest OKC Dental Care in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, you can expect your oral exam to be accompanied by x-rays or other dental imaging techniques.
Dental imaging helps Dr. Buchanan 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.
A digital x-ray is an important advancement in dentistry. This new technology replaces the use of traditional films used in conventional x-rays with advanced, electronic sensors to produce faster, more accurate digital images of teeth and oral structures. The imaging results help Dr. Buchanan identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth, and enamel with ease.
The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of them being taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows Dr. Buchanan to view the results immediately, instead of needing to wait hours or days.
There are three different types of x-rays that are used based on the area of the mouth being examined:
Occlusal x-ray – This allows a more detailed 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 occur 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 even between the teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum diseases are also easy to identify with this tool. In the case of replacement or renewing of fillings, the bitewing x-ray can be used to identify the level of deterioration that has taken place.
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 Northwest OKC Dental Care, call us at 405-840-7714 today!
iTero Dental Impressions
Used to get effective intraoral images, the iTero dental impressions provides a 3D image of your teeth. It’s 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 performed without any protective wear and no more goopy impressions.
At Northwest OKC Dental Care in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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 405-840-7714. Dr. Buchanan and his team are here to schedule your appointment, answer your questions and address any concerns.