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 our dentist, who will provide advice and instructions on how to take care of your teeth properly. During your initial visit to Quirt Family Dentistry in Schofield, Wisconsin, you can expect your oral exam to be accompanied by x-rays or other dental imaging techniques.

Dental imaging helps our dentist 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.

Oral Cancer Screening (Velscope)

Our dentist may also recommend that you get tested or screened for oral cancer. One of the tools used for oral cancer screening is Velscope, which is a technology that is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is efficient in diagnosing oral cancer. The system works by analyzing and providing visual representations of abnormalities in the oral mucous that may not be visible to the naked eye. It's one of the most widely used tools for oral cancer screenings today.

Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your doctor may use this technology to produce three dimensional  images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. With cone beam CT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of images. This makes it much easier to analyze the issue and make an accurate diagnosis, allowing for successful treatment planning and completion. 

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Digital X-rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful as they do not give off as much radiation as film x-rays tend to do. The imaging result helps our dentist identify easily any growths or irregularity in the gums, teeth and enamel.

The x-ray is connected to a computer that illustrates the image within minutes of being taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also means our dentist’s wait for the results is a brief interlude that takes moments as opposed to days.

Intraoral Camera

Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera, is used when our dentist needs clear and sharp x-rays of the inside of your mouth. 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:

  • Periapical x-ray – This x-ray reveals the entire tooth, from its root at the jaw all the way to the enamel. This is essential to identify any unusual growths, deviations or malformations which may be happening at the root, near the gum, or in other bone structures.

  • Bitewing x-ray – Focusing on the enamel of the teeth, Bitewing x-rays are vital for identifying cavities and tooth decay which can appear between teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum diseases is also easy to identify using this tool. The bitewing x-ray can be used to identify the level of deterioration in fillings whether for replacement or restoring.

  • Occlusal x-ray – This allows for a bigger look at the placement and arch of all teeth. This is largely used to identify alignment problems and to fix them with the help of braces or other dental procedures.

At Quirt Family Dentistry in Schofield, Wisconsin, 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 715-355-5570. Our dentist and team are here to schedule your appointment, answer your questions and address any concerns.