Dental Imaging

During your visit to Bridgestone Dental Care, you can expect your oral exam to be accompanied by x-rays or other dental imaging techniques. Dentists use imaging to find cavities, hidden dental structures, bone loss or malignant or benign masses.

CEPH X-ray

A ceph x-ray, also known as Cephalometric Analysis, is a type of panoramic x-ray that is used to get a look at the entire bone structure of your neck and head. This can be done by your dentist to identify any developmental problems in the jaw, neck and head area which could be causing problems with proper development in the oral and facial bones of your face.

This tool is useful in calculating how the patient's jaw and surrounding bone will be affected by orthodontic treatment, along with providing the dentist a look into the growth pattern of the jaw and teeth. 

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

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays (up to 90% less). The imaging results help your dentist identify any abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel. Unlike film x-rays, digital x-rays yield high quality images almost instantaneously, resulting in shorter dental visits!

i-CAT 3-D imaging

Dental implants are the most sophisticated replacement for missing teeth but are time-consuming to place. i-CAT® scans vastly reduce the time it takes to implant teeth.and are quick and simple to perform. 

A Cone Beam Imaging System is at the heart of the i-CAT® scanner. During the scan, the patient sits stationary on a designated seat. The cone beams are used to take hundreds of pictures of the face. These pictures are used to compile an exact 3D image of the inner workings of the face and jaw. The dentist is able to zoom in on specific areas and view them from alternate angles.

Patients report the i-CAT® scanner is comfortable because they remain in a sitting position at all times.  Additionally, the scanner provides an open environment, meaning that claustrophobic feelings are eliminated. The i-CAT® scan is a tool that is minimizing the cost of dental treatment, reducing treatment time and enhancing the end results of dental surgery.

Ask our team at Bridgestone Dental Care about i-CAT 3D imaging. Call us at 417-782-2021.

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 Bridgestone Dental Care, call us at 417-782-2021 today!

Dental imaging helps your 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.

If you have any questions regarding our dental imaging services or would like to come in for a consultation, contact us at 417-782-2021 to schedule an appointment.