Using the most advanced dental technology for diagnosis is equal to or more important than technological advances in treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing the safest and most convenient treatment available in dental diagnostics, we have utilized digital X-ray technology for the last 25 years.
Digital X-rays allow less radiation, images that are bigger and better than film, and they can be manipulated for better diagnostic viewing, shared with other doctors, and saved virtually forever. When thinking about this technological improvement, just compare it to how all our lives have changed in using digital photography!
Dr. Leland and his staff will utilize the following types of radiograph (X-ray) images:
- INTRAORAL X-RAYS:
These images require the digital sensor to be placed inside the mouth. Although less comfortable than images taken with the sensor outside the mouth, they give us the best images for fine detail when looking for decay between the teeth (inter-proximal caries), the supporting bone for teeth (alveolar bone), and the entire tooth under the gum tissue and inside the bone. The images are called Bitewings and Periapicals.
- Pan-oral X-rays:
The sensor is outside the mouth and goes around the patient’s head. This image is used as a complete radiographic image of the entire mouth and surrounding structures of the upper and lower jaws, including the temporo-mandibular joints (TMJs).
- CBCT X-RAYS: This is a three-dimensional X-ray that shows cross sections. The above is an example of one slice showing a cross section.