Dental Imaging Techniques

During your initial visit to our dentist, we will use modern dental imaging techniques such as digital x-rays to diagnose any dental condition that may be affecting you. In many cases, these techniques provide immediate results, so our dentist can begin planning appropriate treatment promptly. There are various x-rays available for dental imaging. Some x-ray procedures may be more appropriate than others depending on your symptoms.

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays are one of the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, as they do not expose you to as much radiation as traditional film x-rays. The x-ray machine is connected to a computer, which displays the images within minutes of being taking. This not only shortens your appointment times, but it also allows our dentist to review the results with you immediately so you can receive prompt treatment.

Intraoral Camera

Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera, is used to get clear images of the interior of your mouth. Three different types of intraoral x-rays are taken depending on the area of the mouth that requires treatment. These x-rays taken with our intraoral camera include: 

  • Periapical X-Ray: This x-ray details the entire tooth, from the roots within the jaw to the outermost layer of enamel. It's used to identify any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes occurring at the root, near the gum line or even in the jaw.  
  • Bitewing X-Ray: Focusing on the enamel of the teeth, bitewing x-rays are essential for identifying tooth decay, even between the teeth. Bitewings can also identify deterioration of dental restorations like fillings so our dentist can determine whether replacement is required. 
  • Occlusal X-Ray: The occlusal x-rays provide an overall view of the teeth and their placement to identify alignment problems and develop a treatment strategy with braces or some other dental procedure. 

These are the most common types of x-rays taken with the help of our intraoral camera. Our dentist makes use of any of these based on the kind of dental problem you are facing. 

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If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation, contact us today at 972-517-6453 to schedule an appointment. At Plano Smile Design in Plano, Texas, our dentist has a dedicated team of professionals to provide you the oral health results you need!