Our Dental Imaging

X-rays generally reveal the defects in your dental structure and various other problems with your teeth. On the other hand, dental imaging is utilized to learn about the presence of cavities, dental infections and oral masses that can be either harmless or threatening. Dental imaging is also used to study bone loss. New digital technologies have advanced considerably in the last decades.

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays have become an advancement in the field of dentistry. Taking x-rays digitally is more convenient and produces more accurate, reliable results than before. This process is safer for the patients and quicker than traditional x-rays. A digital x-ray is safer because it doesn’t expose the patient to harmful x-ray radiations as the previous forms of technology. A digital x-ray is quicker because it gives results without delay. The device is attached to a computer and shows the x-ray on screen, immediately.

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 Hickory Creek Family Dentistry, call us at 815-320-3870 today!

Oral Cancer Screening

An advanced invention in dentistry is the oral cancer screening VELscope. This important tool is used to detect any abnormal formation of oral tissues, which could be a sign of oral cancer. A VELscope is also used in examining the tongue muscle for any extraordinary changes. The VELscope is also responsible for detecting cancerous oral cells at an early stage.

This benefit of using VELscope in dentistry is huge because detecting abnormal tissue formation in the mouth is not easy with regular devices and the human eye.