Dental Imaging

The initial visit to the dentist is mostly for a routine check-up or evaluation to identify the cause of any dental condition. Previously this was considered to be a time taking process that also required more than one visit. Nowadays, the type of x ray used during the comprehensive examination may deliver instant results, making it convenient for the dentist to quickly identify the problem and determine a treatment.  

There are many types of x rays available for dental imaging. At Dental Care of St. Joseph, our dentist performs an evaluation to provide you with the best treatment suited to your particular needs. Dental Care of St. Joseph offers several x-ray and dental imaging tools.

Digital X-Rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful as they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays tend to do. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with ease.

The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of being taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.

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 Dental Care of St. Joseph, call us at 816-279-3300 today!

iTero Dental Impressions

The iTero intraoral scanner is a cutting-edge imaging tool used by our dentist to create high-detail, 3D images of your mouth and jaw. Common applications of this technology include designing crowns and other prostheses, preparing models for oral surgery, and even modeling an Invisalign treatment. The iTero scanner's advanced technology uses a non-intrusive wand to scan your mouth and build a virtual 3D model of it that will allow our dentist to show you exactly what will happen over the course of your treatment

Identifying the issue is the first step for our dentist to further decide on the proper treatment.  Dental Care of St. Joseph in St. Joseph,has a dedicated team of professionals available to evaluate and correct all of your dental needs.

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