Dental Imaging Techniques

At your initial visit to our dentist, we will utilize dental imaging techniques to diagnose any dental condition that may be affecting your oral health. In many cases, these techniques can provide immediate results, thus enabling both our dentist and you to understand the problem and treat it accordingly.  

There are various kinds of x rays available for dental imaging. Some x-ray procedures will be more feasible than others depending on the symptoms you have.  In any case, we will strive to provide you the better service available. Learn more about the various styles utilized at our Newnan, Georgia, dental office, below. 

Digital X-Rays

Among the most common dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful as they do not expose patients to as much radiation as film x-rays tend to do. The imaging results help our dentist identify with ease any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel. This technique has become one of the most adopted methods of digital imaging around the world.

To capture the images, the x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of it being taken. This quick turnaround not only makes your dental appointment shorter, but it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days to make a precise diagnosis. In addition to providing exceptional quality images, our dentist can adjust the image contrast and brightness as needed.

Intraoral Camera

Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera, is used when our dentist needs to take x-rays that show the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible. There are three different types of intraoral x-rays that are used based on the area of the mouth that is being x-rayed. These variations include:  

  • Periapical X-ray: This x-ray reveals the entire tooth, from where it starts at the jaw to the enamel. It's important for identifying any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes that may be occurring at the root, near the gum or even 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 that occur between teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum diseases is also easy to identify with this tool. For replacement or renewing of fillings, the bitewing x-ray can sometimes be used to determine the level of deterioration that has taken place.  

  • Occlusal X-ray: This x-ray style allows for a bigger look at the placement and arch of all the teeth. It's mostly used to identify alignment problems and to fix them with the help of braces or other dental procedures. 

Our dentist may use any of these intraoral x-ray styles based on the kind of dental problem you are facing. 

iTero Dental Impressions

Used to get effective intraoral x-rays, the iTero dental impressions provide a 3D image of your teeth to acquire a dental impression for braces, dental fillings, dental crowns, implants and more. The tool takes minutes to use and can be performed without any protective wear. 

It consists of a simple scanner to obtain a clear and instant image of teeth. To do this procedure, the scanner makes use of 3D digital scans while it also offers patients a more convenient and comfortable digital imaging experience. The many advantages of iTero Dental Impressions include:

  • Highly accurate, comfortable and time-saving procedure in terms of dental impressions
  • A non-invasive treatment that captures around 100,000 laser points with great accuracy and perfect focus for a very precise dental imaging
  • Eliminates the problem of swallowing or gagging due to excessive impression gel
  • Provides an improved, detailed digital map of the mouth, helping in the diagnosis and treatment of dental problems

If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to visit our Newnan, Georgia, office for a consultation and quote, contact us today at 770-251-8145 to schedule an appointment. Our Wheat Family Dental team is ready to help you meet your oral health goals!