Dental Imaging

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The Modern Dental Imaging Techniques We Use

To maintain healthy teeth, it's essential to have good oral and dental hygiene. It is also vital to visit our dentist, who will provide advice and instructions on how to take care of your teeth properly. During your initial visit to Ridge Pike Dental Care in Royersford, Pennsylvania, you can expect your oral exam to be accompanied by x-rays or other dental imaging techniques.

Dental imaging helps our dentist make a well-informed diagnosis and treatment plan catered to your unique needs. There are various types of x-rays available for dental imaging. Depending on your symptoms, some x-ray procedures will be more suitable than others. Take a closer look at some of the modern dental imaging procedures we may use during your visit.

Oral Cancer Screening (Velscope)

Our dentist may also recommend that you get tested or screened for oral cancer. One of the tools used for oral cancer screening is Velscope, which is a technology that is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is efficient in diagnosing oral cancer. The system works by analyzing and providing visual representations of abnormalities in the oral mucous that may not be visible to the naked eye. It's one of the most widely used tools for oral cancer screenings today.

iTero Dental Impressions

Used to get effective intraoral x-rays, the iTero dental impressions provide a 3D image of your teeth. This technique is used to acquire dental impressions for braces, dental fillings, dental crowns, implants and more. The iTero dental impressions tool takes minutes to use and can be operated without any protective wear.

CEPH X-Ray

A CEPH X-ray, also known as a cephalometric analysis, is a type of panoramic x-ray that displays the entire bone structure of your neck and head. Our dentist will use this dental imaging technique to identify any problems in the jaw, neck and head areas that may be affecting your oral and facial bone development.

This tool is useful for understanding the occurrence of underbites and overbites, and it helps realistically predict the movement of teeth when applying various treatments. With the condition of the jaw in mind, the CEPH X-ray can work out how the teeth will move and predict how soon the results will occur.

Digital X-rays

This is a very good option if you want to see the images shortly after the procedure. This is possible because the x-ray machine is connected to a computer. This way, it is easier to address problems soon, since our dentist will see the image within minutes of it being taken. The results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with ease. There are advantages for you, too. You will spend less time on the first steps of diagnosis because it is not necessary to wait hours or days to get results. In addition, digital x-rays do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays do.  

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.

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iTero Dental Impressions

The iTero Intraoral Scanner allows doctors to take a 3D digital scan of a patient’s teeth and bite rather than using a viscous impression material. This digital impression scanner can be used for veneers, crowns, bridges, surface inlays, onlays, implant abutments from single units to full arches and even modeling an Invisalign treatment. Patients are also able to view before and simulated after images of their dental treatments on an in-office computer display.

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KaVo DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Finder

The KaVo DIAGNOdent laser is a revolutionary, ADA approved method for detecting cavities using sound. Using a low-density laser, hidden decay is found much the same way a metal detector locates metal objects in the ground. When the laser pinpoints a cavity, it produces a sound. Thanks to this new technology, your dentist at Ridge Pike Dental Care can discover unseen decay long before other conventional methods and provide treatment before larger oral problems develop. The procedure is quick and pain-free.

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At Ridge Pike Dental Care in Royersford, Pennsylvania, we utilize a variety of dental imaging technologies to ensure each patient receives the treatments they need. Take the first step in achieving your dental goals today by calling 484-961-8610. Our dentist and team are here to schedule your appointment, answer your questions and address any concerns.