Dental Imaging Techniques

Adequate diagnosis is necessary to obtain an effective solution to your health problems. This sentiment applies to any field and is certainly a requirement when treating oral issues. For this reason, our dentist at Southlake Dental Care offers a range of diagnostic options that may be used to evaluate your particular condition. In many cases, a recommended process will be one of the various dental imaging techniques available at our office in St. Johns, Florida. Learn more, below.

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays produce images quickly as the x-ray machine is connected to a computer. This makes it is easier to address the problem quickly since our dentist can view the images within minutes of being taken. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with ease.

There are also advantages for you too. You will spend less time on the first steps of diagnosis because it is not necessary to wait hours or days to obtain the dental image. In addition, they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays.  

Intraoral Camera

Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera, is used when our dentist needs to take x-rays that showcase the interior of the mouth. 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. They are the most common types used in dental offices. Our dentist will select an appropriate method for your particular dental problem.  

  • 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, especially when they occur between the teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum diseases is also easy to identify with this tool. For 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: Occlusal x-rays provide a bigger look at the placement and arch of all the teeth. It's largely used to identify alignment problems and to fix them with the help of braces or other dental procedures.

Our team at Southlake Dental Care strives to offer the most effective diagnostic equipment and processes to ensure your oral health. Please contact us if you have questions or simply want to obtain more information regarding our dental imaging services and other procedures available at our dentist`s office. You can call us at 904-217-7202 to schedule an appointment or visit our location in St. Johns, Florida. Our dentist and staff can clarify information and answer any questions.