It sounds complicated, but intra-oral simply means “in the mouth.” In Intra-Oral imaging cameras (IO cameras) produce accurate images of teeth and the supporting structures. Dentists and their patients see problems with their teeth and/or gums, including tarnished or corroded fillings and fractured teeth. Full-mouth intra-oral radiographic examinations are preferred by dentists, particularly when patients have clinical evidence of oral disease or a history of extensive dental treatment.
Intra-oral radiographs are one of the most important imaging types available to dental practitioners. The technique provides high spatial resolution imaging of teeth and potential associated dental and jawbone diseases.
With careful attention to calibration and with a meticulous technique for detector positioning, intra-oral x-rays yield essential diagnostic information for dental implant planning. In addition to horizontal and vertical measurements, they provide information on bone structure and bone density necessary to the success of dental implants. Marginal bone height around implants impedes their success. Intra-oral x-ray is the best technology for monitoring peri-implant bone health.
Modern digital detectors optimize radiation reduction while maintaining high image quality. Other advantages include the ability to enhance the viewing image. Intra-oral primary used by dentists has become an essential asset in patient education. Clear images on a computer screen shown to patients reinforce the need for treatment.
Anyone who’s a regular dental patient has likely experienced some form of intra-oral imaging. Types of Intra-oral X-Rays include:
- Bite-wing X-rays – show details of the upper and lower teeth in one area of the mouth.
- Periapical X-rays – show the whole tooth from the crown to beyond the end of the root, where the tooth anchors to the jaw.
- Occlusal X-rays – are larger and show full tooth development and placement.
Periapical views show the whole tooth—from the crown to beyond the root where the tooth attaches to the jaw.
Bite-wing views are the most common type of x-ray taken during routine visits that show the upper and lower back teeth in a single x-ray.
Occlusal views are designed to be placed between tooth surfaces. An occlusal radiograph is designed to be placed between the occlusal surfaces at determined angles, depending upon what needs to be viewed.
Types of Digital Intra-oral Imaging
Direct intra-oral imaging involves placing a sensor in the mouth which records images that can be examined. Indirect Imaging uses conventional x-ray technology (film scanners), but the images are stored and viewed digitally.
The Douglas Family Dentistry Experience
At Douglas Family Dentistry, imaging is an integral part of patient treatment. Modern equipment and a great dental staff offer patients a complete menu of high-tech dental services. If you live in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or the surrounding communities, Douglas Family Dentistry offers a friendly, professional environment for patients from kids to adults and seniors. Call us at 480-948-3680 or go to our website to schedule an appointment.