Different Techniques in Dental Imaging

To maintain healthy teeth, it's essential to have good oral and dental hygiene. It is also vital to visit our dentist, who will provide advice and instructions on how to take care of your teeth properly. During your initial visit to Bear Branch Family Dentistry in The Woodlands, Texas, you can expect your oral exam to be accompanied by x-rays or other dental imaging techniques.

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. Take a closer look at some of the modern dental imaging procedures we may use during your visit.

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 different 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.

If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation and quote, contact us today at 281-419-2327 to schedule an appointment.