Dental Imaging

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.

Ceph X-Ray

A cephalometric X-ray, or ceph X-ray, is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. Ceph X-Rays are extraoral, so patients do not have to insert any sort of trays, bitewings or films into the mouth. They are also are safe, fast, painless and extremely effective. 

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Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry. This technology replaces the traditional films used in conventional X-rays. Digital X-rays help diagnose dental health issues more safely and quickly. A digital X-ray emits 90 percent less radiation than a traditional X-ray. The images from this X-ray show up immediately so our dentist can quickly determine your oral health needs.

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Intraoral Camera

The intraoral camera creates extremely high-resolution images (both stills and video) of the surface of the mouth. Intraoral cameras are housed in a small, wand-like device that your dentist can easily position to get the best possible view of your gums and teeth. The intraoral camera instantly produces images that reveal problems that would normally not be visible to the naked eye. Your dentist can easily spot problems such as tiny fractures in your teeth’s enamel, potential gum damage, or the kind of plaque build-up that leads to decay, cavities, and the need for more complex repair. However, since your dentist can now see your mouth in unprecedented detail, the use of an intraoral camera can help stop problems before they fully develop. This saves you time, money and discomfort.

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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 Madison, Wisconsin is experienced in the use of advanced tools and technology for the treatment and diagnosis of dental diseases. Call us at 608-819-8344 for an appointment or come by the office today to discuss any concerns you may have with our dentist.