Digital X-Ray in Springfield, MO

Digital X-Ray in Springfield, MO

Technology is evolving with each passing day. It has already spread its wings to cover various fields and arenas, and dentistry is no exception. One classic example of how dental technology has evolved is digital X-rays. Today, most dental clinics have replaced traditional X-rays with digital counterparts. We use the latter to get quicker results, and our patients experience less discomfort. 

What Is a Digital X-Ray? 

Digital X-ray or digital radiography is a type of X-ray imaging used by dentists to get a detailed account of the oral structures, including teeth, soft tissues, tooth roots, bony structures, etc. 

How Does it Work?

Digital X-ray is similar to the traditional X-ray, except we use a digital X-ray sensor instead of the traditional photographic X-ray film. The sensor, connected to the computer, captures the images and produces enhanced images on the screen instantly. 

We take digital X-rays by three methods, which are:
  • Direct method: In this method, we use an electromagnetic sensor in the mouth to get the images. 
  • Indirect method: We use an X-ray film scanner to view traditional X-ray as a digital image. 
  • Semi-indirect method: Here, we use a sensor and a scanner to convert X-rays into a digital film.

Types of X-Rays

Bitewing 
In this, we ask you to bite down on the sensor to get the image of the crown (the visible part of your teeth). We use this X-ray to check the interdental cavities (cavities between teeth), fit of crown and restorations, etc.

Periapical
It captures the image of the whole tooth from the tip of the crown to a little beyond the root tips in the jaw. We use it to check the abnormalities of the roots and the surrounding bone structure. 

Occlusal 
It shows the roof or floor of the mouth. We use occlusal X-rays to diagnose anatomical abnormalities, such as the cleft palate and conditions like an abscess, cysts, jaw fractures, extra teeth, etc. 

Panoramic 
In this, the machine rotates around your head to capture the image of the entire mouth to show all the teeth in both the arches. It is used to detect impacted wisdom teeth, plan treatment for gum diseases and dental implants, and investigate problems with jaws. 

Benefits of Digital Dental X-Rays 

  • Uses 90% less radiation as compared to traditional X-rays.
  • The image can be viewed immediately. 
  • More accurate and clear images.
  • No preparation time is required. 
  • Allows for enlarging the image to fortify the diagnosis. 
  • Environment-friendly.

Please reach out to iTooth Family Dentistry in Springfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Robbins. Call us at (417) 883-8515 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.

Location

3211 E Battlefield Rd #100, Springfield, MO 65804

Office Hours

MON - THU 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

FRI - SUN Closed

Get in Touch

Email: appointments@itooth.net

Phone: (417) 883-8515