Dental Imaging

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Dental Imaging

During your initial visit to Beardstown Family Dental, you can expect your oral exam to be accompanied by x-rays or other dental imaging techniques. Dentists use imaging to find cavities, hidden dental structures, bone loss or malignant or benign masses.

Dental imaging helps your 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.

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!

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Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera is a small video camera that takes an image of the outside of the gum or tooth. The intraoral camera resembles an oversized pen. While simultaneously viewing a monitor, the dentist inserts the camera into a patient's mouth and gently shifts it about so that images can be taken from a variety of angles.

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iTero Dental Impressions

An iTero Intraoral Scanner is a more comfortable, convenient alternative to the “goo” associated with dental impressions. It allows doctors to take a 3-D digital scan, or picture, of a patient’s teeth and bite, rather than using a viscous impression material. Not only is the iTero Intraoral Scanner significantly more patient-friendly but also offers increased precision and eliminates the risks of gagging or swallowing excess impression gel.

KaVo DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Finder

A revolutionary way to find cavities without having to take x-rays, this machine is slowly swept across the enamel of the teeth and emits a signal while providing digital information regarding the location of the cavity in the tooth.

The KaVo Diagnodent calibrates and yields results with maximum efficiency. The laser is completely safe to use and does not cause any harm to the soft tissue in your mouth.

If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation, contact us at 217-323-2701 to schedule an appointment.