The Modern Dental Imaging Techniques We Use

There are many factors that determine the frequency and style of teeth cleaning treatments you need. Depending on the current state of your oral health, our dentist will determine how often you should schedule an appointment.

Regular teeth cleanings are vital to maintaining optimal oral health, so schedule your comprehensive exam today at Plant City Dentistry in Plant City, Florida Our dentist and staff are ready to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile! Contact our dentist office today at 813-704-6986 to arrange your appointment or learn more about the process.

Digital X-Rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital X-Rays are especially valuable because they don't expose you to as much radiation as film X-Rays. The resulting images aid our dentist in identifying any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.

The digital X-Ray machine is connected to a computer that displays the image minutes after it is taken. This process is not only convenient, but it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.

Intraoral Camera

Another common dental X-Ray, the intraoral camera, is utilized when our dentist needs to take X-Rays that 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 can be used, and each is chosen based on the area of the mouth that is being X-Rayed. These variations include:

  • Periapical X-Ray: The periapical X-Ray reveals the entire tooth, from its starting point in the jaw to the enamel. This style of dental imaging is important to identify any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes which might be occurring at the root, near the gum or in other bone structures.
  • Bitewing X-Ray: Focusing on the enamel of the teeth, bitewing X-Rays are essential for identifying cavities and tooth decay between the teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum diseases are also easy to identify with this tool. In situations where fillings need replacing, the bitewing X-Ray can be used to identify the level of deterioration that has occurred.
  • Occlusal X-Ray: Occlusal X-Rays allow for a broader look at the placement and overall arch of the teeth. This technique is largely used to identify alignment problems that need to be fixed with braces.

Our dentist may use any these styles of intraoral camera X-Rays based on your particular dental needs.

At Plant City Dentistry in Plant City, Florida, we utilize a variety of dental imaging technologies to ensure each patient receives the treatments they need. Take the first step in achieving your dental goals today by calling 813-704-6986. Our dentist and team are here to schedule your appointment, answer your questions and address any concerns.