Dental Imaging Techniques

During the past three decades, dentistry has witnessed great advances in all its branches. Consequently, the need for more precise diagnostic tools, specifically imaging methods, has become mandatory. From the simple intra-oral periapical X-rays to advanced imaging techniques like magnetic resonance imaging, cone beam computed tomography, computed tomography, and ultrasound have also found their place in modern dentistry. Moving from analog to digital radiography has not only made the process simpler and faster, but has also made image storage, manipulation, and retrieval easier. Three-dimensional imaging has made the complex craniofacial structures more accessible for examination and for the early and accurate diagnosis of conditions that range from mild to severe. Some of these innovative technologies will be discussed in this article.

Digital X-Rays

A digital x-ray is one of the most important advancements in dentistry. This technology replaced the traditional films used in conventional X-rays with advanced, electronic sensors. Below are some benefits of digital X-rays in comparison to the traditional xray:

● Produces less radiation

● Enables our dentist to make a more accurate diagnosis

● Reduces the use of materials or harsh chemicals

● Quicker to use and provides immediate results

● Produces better image results, enabling our dentist to figure out abnormalities in teeth, gums or enamel instantly. In addition to that, digital x-rays provide exceptional quality images for our dentist, who is able to adjust the image (contrast or brightness) as needed.

This technique has become one of the most common methods of digital imaging.

Intraoral Camera

An Intraoral Camera is a type of dental imaging equipment that provides great convenience when taking internal images of a patient’s mouth. This helps in viewing the internal sections of the mouth clearly with improved visibility. 

Some advantages of intraoral Camera include:

● Ergonomically designed hand-pieces to obtain high-quality images

● Single button capturing feasibility, unlike other techniques which require clicking on computer screens

● A hand-piece that can be plugged into a USB port to export images

● More visibility to patients, making them more responsive to recommended treatments

● A time-saving technique that helps take multiple images at once

Digital dental imaging makes it easier for our dentist to diagnose oral diseases and abnormalities. Images are usually taken after our dentist has conducted an initial examination and the technology to be used will be determined according to your age and dental history, among other factors.

Our dentist in State College, Pennsylvania is experienced in the use of advanced tools and technology for the treatment and diagnosis of dental diseases. Call us at 814-237-1777 for an appointment or come by the office today to discuss any concerns you may have with our dentist.