Digital X-Rays and CT Scan
Digital X-rays and CT Scan
It is often said that dentists can detect dental problems at very early stages, well before they are visible to the naked eye. But, have you ever wondered how they do that? Is it because they have a very keen eye? Yes! But, more importantly, they utilize the power of digital x-rays and CT scan technology to visualize dental tissues and structures that the naked eye cannot see.
So, how does digital radiography help dentists prevent dental problems and make precise treatment plans? We will learn in this article.
What are Digital X-rays?
Digital x-rays utilize x-ray beams directed towards dental tissues like the teeth, gums, and other soft tissues. The digital x-ray technology utilizes a digital sensor that directs x-rays toward dental tissues like the teeth, gums, and other soft tissues to provide an image that helps dentist visualize their interior and diagnose underlying issues. Some of the common uses of digital x-rays in dentistry include:
- To detect tooth decay.
- To diagnose soft tissue lesions like cysts and abscesses
- To detect tumor growths
- To keep track of the growth and eruption pattern of the teeth
- To diagnose and treat problems related to the wisdom teeth
- To detect underlying bone pathologies
- To diagnose temporomandibular joint-related disorders
- For orthodontic treatment planning
- Root canal treatment
- To perform restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures.
What are Different Types of Digital X-rays?
Dentists use different types of x-ray images to diagnose dental issues and perform treatment planning. Some of these include:
- Peri-apical X-rays – these x-ray images provide a full-lenght image of up to 2 or three adjacent teeth and the surrounding tissues. This type of x-ray is typically used for detecting tooth decay or dental abscesses.
- Occlusal X-rays – these x-rays provide an image of an entire upper or lower dental arch.
- Bitewing X-rays – these x-rays provide an image of the biting surfaces of the teeth on one side. These are used for detecting tooth decay around the biting surfaces of the teeth.
- Panoramic X-rays – these x-rays provide an image of all the teeth and the surrounding dental tissues. Dentists use these x-ray images to get an overview of the entire dentition.
- Cephalograms – these x-rays provide a sideway image of the head and neck region and are used for diagnosing and treating orthodontic issues.
Computerized tomography uses x-ray images obtained from different angles to create sliced images of the dental tissues using specialized sensors. CT imaging provides an enhanced, more detailed, cross-sectional view of the dental tissues, which allows dentists to precisely diagnose the location and extent of underlying dental issue. CT scan is also used for treatment planning in dentistry. Some of the common uses of CT scan technology in dentistry include:
- Treatment planning for implant dentistry
- For visualization during complex root canal procedures
- To detect underlying dental swellings and lesions
- Oral cancer detection and treatment
- Diagnosis and treatment of TMJ problems
- Management of paranasal sinus-related issues
At Green California Dental Group, we take pride in being one of the few practices in town to offer digital x-ray and CT scan imaging services. This technology allows us to detect dental issues precisely and helps our dentists in Burbank provide optimal treatment services to our patients. So, book an appointment with us today and let our family dentists take care of your entire family’s dental health.
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