This is one of the most commonly used dental imaging techniques today; digital X-rays are useful as they do not expose you to as much radiation as film X-rays tend to do. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with ease.
The X-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of them being taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of needing to wait hours or days to diagnose you. This can be crucial for certain conditions that require treatment in a timely manner in order to be effective.
The intraoral camera is used when our dentist needs to take X-rays which show the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible. In this case, the camera is largely focused on the inside of your mouth.
There are three different types of intraoral X-rays that are used based on the area of the mouth being X-rayed:
Occlusal X-ray – This allows an increased look at the placement and arch of all the teeth. This is largely used to identify alignment problems and to fix them with the help of braces or other dental procedures.
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 which may occur 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 which might occur even between the teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum disease are also easy to identify with this tool. Sometimes for replacement or renewing of fillings, the bitewing X-ray can be used to identify the level of deterioration that has taken place.