Dental Imaging Facts

At Crystal Lake Dental Associates, our dentist evaluates your needs to provide you with best possible treatment. There are different types of X-rays available for dental imaging.

During your consultation with our dentist, part of the visit will require taking tests and evaluating dental problems that you may be experiencing. In most cases, the type of X-ray used can deliver immediate results, making it convenient for the dentist to identify the issue and determine a treatment.  Some X-ray techniques are more satisfying than others based on the symptoms you have.

Ceph X-Ray

A cephalometric X-ray, or ceph X-ray, is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. Ceph X-Rays are extraoral, so patients do not have to insert any sort of trays, bitewings or films into the mouth. They are also safe, fast, painless and extremely effective. 

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Digital X-Rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, 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 being taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter; it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.

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. 

The intraoral camera is extremely helpful in diagnosing dental conditions such as tooth decay and cracked teeth and in educating the patient. Since the intraoral camera is used in tandem with a computer screen or television monitor, your dentist can easily show you, in real-time, if you have a fractured tooth or need gum disease treatment. A picture is worth a thousand words!

Time-savings that come with the intraoral camera are especially noticeable when your dentist needs to take several images at one time. Intraoral camera images are easy to re-take, print and duplicate. Printouts can be sent to dental insurance companies to strengthen claims. In fact, these images are so useful that some insurance companies now accept images via e-mail; the reduced paper trail cuts down on claim-processing time and is an environmentally friendly option as well.

For more information on the intraoral camera at Crystal Lake Dental Associates, call us at 815-459-2202 today!

Identifying the problem is the first step for our dentist to further decide the course of the required dental treatment to correct the problem. A good oral health has a great impact on your overall health. Crystal Lake Dental Associates in Crystal Lake, , has a dedicated team of professionals on board to assess and treat all of your dental needs.

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 815-459-2202 to schedule an appointment.