Dental Imaging Methods

At Effingham Dental Group we offer a few options for your dental imaging needs. During your first visit, you will most likely spend a lot of time having tests done. This is to determine what level of treatment you need. One of the exams will be performed with dental imaging, to get a clear idea of what is happening internally. Our dentist will spend some time with you discussing your options, and finally pick the best one for you. 

Please review our imaging techniques below and don’t hesitate to contact us at 217-347-0588 or talk to our dentist about any of the following methods:

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays are useful as they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays tend to do, making them a safer option. The imaging results helps our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.

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 our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.

Intraoral Camera

The intraoral camera is used when our dentist needs to take x-rays which show the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible. This will greatly help in facilitating a diagnosis. 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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. Our dentist makes use of any of these based on the kind of dental problem you are facing.

Oral Cancer Screening (Velscope)

Our dentist could recommend you get tested or screened for oral cancer. When detected early, oral cancer can be treated effectively. If this is your case, one of the tools used for oral cancer screening is Velscope, which is a technology that is recognized by the WHO – World Health Organization and is an efficient tool in diagnosing oral cancer.

It works by analyzing and providing visual representations of abnormalities in the oral mucous that may not be visible to the naked eye. The tool is one of the most widely used for oral cancer screening today.

Digital X-Rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful as they do not expose you 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.

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 our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.

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 Effingham Dental Group, call us at 217-347-0588 today!

Effingham Dental Group in Effingham Illinois has a dedicated team here to answer any questions or concerns you have. For questions or to schedule an appointment with our dentist, please feel free to call us at 217-347-0588.