Digital imaging is a newer dental x-ray technique that uses less radiation with images appearing immediately on our computer screen. This allows us to enhance and enlarge the image many times its actual size. Dr. Logeman and Dr. Cronley are then able to diagnose and show you where and what the problem may be. If necessary, images can be electronically sent to another dentist or specialist for your convenience.
There are several types of digital x-ray images that our professional staff may take depending on your specific need:
Bite-Wing Images show details of the upper and lower teeth in one area of the mouth. Each one shows a tooth from its crown to the level of the supporting bone. These images are used to detect decay between teeth and the changed in bone density caused by gum disease. Our staff updates these images as needed depending on the health of your teeth.
Periapical Images show the whole tooth, from the crown to beyond the end of the root, to where the tooth is anchored in the jaw. Each image shows any abnormalities of the root structure and surrounding bone structure. Typically these images are taken to show one or two teeth to identify which is causing the problem. They may also be taken in a series called a Full Mouth, to study bone levels linked to periodontal disease.
Panoramic image shows all the teeth in, the upper and lower jaws, sinus area, TMJ, and surrounding bone. This image also shows the position of fully erupted and erupting teeth, impacted teeth and aids in the diagnosis of tumors which may form in the bone. These images are taken every 3-7 years depending on your specific needs.