Our Dental Imaging Techniques
AtAdams Dental Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, we offer various dental imaging techniques that assist our dentist to provide an accurate diagnosis. These x-ray types provide insight into nonvisible areas of the mouth, like between teeth and at the jaw. You can learn more about the various styles available, below.
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 are safe, fast, painless and extremely effective.Read more about Ceph X-Ray
Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are beneficial because they provide less radiation exposure than traditional film x-rays. The imaging results helps our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.
To capture the images, the x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of them being taken. This quick turnaround 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.
Another common dental X-ray, the intraoral camera is used when our dentist needs to take targeted X-rays of the interior of your mouth. There are a few different types of intraoral X-rays that are used, and each is chosen 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. Such focus is important to identify any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes which might be occurring at the root, near the gum or even other bone structures.
- Bitewing X-ray: Focusing on the enamel of the teeth, bitewing X-rays are essential for identifying cavities and tooth decay between the teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum diseases is also easy to identify with this tool. For the replacement or renewing of fillings, the bitewing X-ray can be used to determine the level of deterioration that has taken place.
- Occlusal X-ray: This x-ray allows for a broader look at the placement and arch of all the teeth. It's largely used to identify alignment problems and to fix them with the help of braces or other dental procedures.
Each of these common types of intraoral X-rays is taken with the help of an intraoral camera. Our dentist makes use of any of these based on the kind of dental problem you are facing.
If you have any questions regarding any of these dental imaging systems, contact our team at for clarification. At our dental office in Lincoln, Nebraska, we strive to offer the highest quality services throughout your entire visit, and dental imaging helps us achieve just that. Speak with a member of the team today by calling 402-484-6666.