Dental Imaging Techniques

The initial consultation with our dentist is mostly for evaluation, routine check-up or to identify the cause of the prevailing dental condition. Today, the type of x ray used during the comprehensive examination can deliver instant results, making it convenient for the dentist to quickly identify the problem and determine treatment.  

There are many types of x rays available for dental imaging. Our dentist performs an evaluation to provide you with excellent treatment.

Creative Smiles at WingHaven offers several x-ray and dental imaging tools such as:

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 traditional x-rays tend to do. The imaging results help your dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with ease.

The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that shows you the image within minutes of it being taken. This 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.

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 Creative Smiles at WingHaven, call us at 636-561-6035 today!

Identifying the issue is the first step for our dentist to further decide on a suitable treatment. Creative Smiles at WingHaven in O'Fallon, Missouri has a dedicated team of professionals on board to evaluate and correct 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 to schedule an appointment.