At Audubon Dental & Implant Center in Lexington, Kentucky, we use various techniques to concisely diagnose any dental issues that may be present. Dental imaging provides our dentist with insight into your oral health and has proven to be very useful in the creation of treatment plans. Below, you'll find the dental imaging techniques available at our dental office.
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.
To capture these insights, the x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the images 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 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. This 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 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 allows for a broader view of the placement and arch of all the teeth. It is 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 that are 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.
Audubon Dental & Implant Center in Lexington, Kentucky, has a dedicated team here to answer your questions and address any concerns. For questions or to schedule an appointment with our dentist, please feel free to call us at 859-252-5220.