Dental Imaging Technology

Dental Imaging is used used to obtain images of your teeth and mouth. This technology also helps monitor the progress of your treatment and your overall oral condition. Advanced dental imaging techniques allow dental health professionals to quickly capture clear, high-resolution images of you dental anatomy from wider and different angles. This tremendous advancement in the field of dentistry is not only time saving but also gives our dentist the necessary insight to provide you with the most accurate treatment for your dental care needs.

CEPH X-Ray

A cephalometric X-Ray, also referred to as a CEPH X-Ray, takes pictures of the lateral or side view of the face. Similar to a P\panorex X-Ray, the complete radiographic image provides a way to view the teeth, jawbone and soft tissues that cannot be seen with the naked eye. However, instead of the circular, continuous motion of a Panorex X-Ray, CEPH X-Rays are captured through a side-to-side, sweeping motion. This profile view of one's face displays the bones and facial contours of a single film for a more accurate diagnosis. This type of x-ray is primarily used in the orthodontic planning and treatment process.

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Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging

Dental cone beam tomography, also known as a Cone Beam CT, is largely used when regular facial or dental x-rays are not applicable to the dental condition being treated. With Cone beam tomography, your dentist can acquire a 3D image of the teeth, gums and other soft tissues, as well as the bones and the nerve pathways of the roots, to correctly identify and treat the problem.

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Digital X-rays

Digital X-ray technology replaces traditional film X-rays. Digital X-rays help diagnose dental health issues more safely and quickly. A digital X-ray emits 90 percent less radiation than a traditional X-ray. The images from digital X-rays are available immediately so our dentist can quickly determine your oral health needs.

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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 Mokena Crossings Family Dental, call us at 708-479-9797 today!

Mokena Crossings Family Dental  uses several dental imaging techniques to detect and diagnose any dental issues you may be experiencing. If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, please contact us at 708-479-9797.