Our Dental Imaging Techniques

At AA Dental Care in Quincy, Illinois, we offer multiple thorough dental imaging techniques that, partnered with our dentist, provide an accurate diagnosis to better assist you in all your dental needs. Please review our imaging techniques below and don’t hesitate to contact us or talk to our dentist about any of the following methods.

Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging

Dental cone beam tomography, also known as Cone Beam CT, is used when regular facial or dental x-rays do not apply to the dental condition being treated. With cone beam tomography, our dentist can take a 3D image of the teeth, gums and other soft tissues, as well as the bones and the nerve pathways of the roots, to correctly identify and treat the problem.

Dental cone beam tomography also helps identify unusual bone growth, nasal cavity issues, jaw diseases, and problems in the sinus area. The images produced are usually more detailed than the ones you would acquire with the help of traditional CT. This also helps identify complications in the muscular structure, lymph nodes, nerves and glands in the mouth. This type of x-ray is often used when planning for in-depth surgery.

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 helps our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.

The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of them 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 AA Dental Care, call us at 217-228-9467 today!

AA Dental Care in Quincy, Illinois has the ideal dental imaging procedure for you. Call us for an appointment or come by our office today! Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have.