Our Dental Imaging Procedures

During your visit to Beautiful Smiles Dental Care, you can expect your oral exam to be accompanied by x-rays or other dental imaging techniques. Dentists use imaging to find cavities, hidden dental structures, bone loss or malignant or benign masses.

CEPH X-ray

A ceph x-ray, also known as cephalometric analysis, is a type of panoramic x-ray that is used to get a look at the entire bone structure of your neck and head. This can be done by your dentist to identify any developmental problems in the jaw, neck and head area which could be causing problems with proper development in the oral and facial bones of your face. The tool is useful in calculating how the patient's jaw and surrounding bone will be affected by orthodontic treatment, along with providing the dentist a look into the growth pattern of the jaw and teeth. 

Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging

Dental cone beam tomography, also known as a cone beam CT, is largely used when regular facial or dental x-rays are not applicable to the dental condition being treated. With cone beam tomography, our dentist can acquire a 3D image of the teeth, gums and other soft tissues, as well as the bones and the nerve pathways of the roots, to correctly identify and treat the problem.

Dental cone beam tomography also helps identify unusual bone growth, nasal cavity issues, jaw diseases and problems in the sinus area. The images produced are usually more detailed than the ones you would acquire with the help of a traditional CT. This also helps identify complications in the muscular structure, lymph nodes, nerves and glands in the mouth. This type of x-ray is often used when planning for in-depth surgery.

Digital X-rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays (up to 90% less). The imaging results help your dentist identify any abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel. Unlike film x-rays, digital x-rays yield high-quality images almost instantaneously, resulting in shorter dental visits!

Intraoral Camera

Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera, is used when your dentist needs to take x-rays which show the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible. There are three main types of intraoral x-rays that are used based on the area of the mouth that's of concern:

  • Periapical x-ray: This x-ray reveals the entire tooth. It identifies any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes which might be occurring at the root, near the gum or the bone structures.
  • Bitewing x-ray: These X-rays are used to check for decay between the teeth and to show how well the upper and lower teeth line up. They also show bone loss when severe gum disease or a dental infection is present.
  • Occlusal x-ray: Occlusal X-rays show the roof or floor of the mouth and are used to find extra teeth, teeth that have not yet broken through the gums, jaw fractures, a cleft palate, cysts, abscesses or growths. Occlusal X-rays may also be used to find a foreign object.

iTero Dental Impressions

The iTero system is a more comfortable, convenient alternative to the “goo” associated with dental impressions. It allows doctors to take a 3-D digital scan, or picture, of a patient’s teeth and bite rather than using a viscous impression material. Not only is the iTero scanner significantly more patient-friendly, but it also offers increased precision and eliminates the risks of gagging or swallowing excess impression gel.

KaVo DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Finder

A revolutionary way to find cavities without having to take x-rays, the KaVo DIAGNOdent machine is slowly swept across the enamel of the teeth and emits a signal while providing digital information regarding the location of the cavity in the tooth. The system calibrates and yields results with maximum efficiency. The laser is completely safe to use and does not cause any harm to the soft tissue in your mouth.

Smile-Vision Technology

The Smile-Vision dental imaging system provides customized images of the mouth. This procedure helps patients see the change in their appearance and smile before and after the dental treatment, assisting them in making informed decisions. Smile-Vision technology also helps to

  • Improve a patient’s satisfaction with his or her customized options, in terms of cosmetic dentistry.
  • Improve the natural smile and overall dental health of a patient.
  • Provide patients with a complete view of their appearance after their dental treatment.

The benefit of dental imaging is the ability to view your dental anatomy from multiple angles. This quality provides better identification of dental issues and examining dental anatomy precisely. The development has proved to be a time-saving and reliable diagnostic tool.

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.

If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation, contact us at 904-733-3360 to schedule an appointment.