Dental Imaging

We, at Edgewater Family Dental in Indian Land,South Carolina offer various dental imaging techniques that are thorough and that, along with our dentist, provide an accurate diagnosis to better assist you in all your dental needs.

Please review our imaging techniques below and don’t hesitate to contact us at 803-835-2500 or talk to our dentist about any of the following methods:

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays are useful as they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays tend to do, making them a safer option. The imaging results helps our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.

The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of them 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.

iTero Dental Impressions

The iTero dental impressions provide a 3D image of your teeth. It’s used to acquire dental impressions for braces, dental fillings, dental crowns, implants and more, within minutes and avoiding days wait.

Intraoral Camera

Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera, is used when our dentist needs to take x-rays which show the interior of your mouth as clearly as possible. In this case, the camera is largely focused on the inside of your mouth.

There are three different types of intraoral x-rays that are used based on the area of the mouth that is being x-rayed. The following are the kinds of intraoral x-rays:

  • Periapical x-ray – This x-ray reveals the entire tooth, from where it starts at the jaw to the enamel. This is important to identify any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes which might be occurring at the root, near the gum, or even other bone structures.
  • Bitewing x-ray – Focusing on the enamel of the teeth, bitewing x-rays are essential for identifying cavities and tooth decay which might occur even between the teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum diseases are also easy to identify with this tool. Sometimes for replacement or renewing of fillings, the bitewing x-ray can be used to identify the level of deterioration that has taken place.
  • Occlusal x-ray – This allows for a bigger look at the placement and arch of all the teeth. This is largely used to identify alignment problems and to fix them with the help of braces or other dental procedures.

These are the most common types of intraoral x-rays which are taken with the help of an intraoral camera. Our dentist makes use of any of these based on the kind of dental problem you are facing.

Oral Cancer Screening (Velscope)

Our dentist could recommend you get tested or screened for oral cancer. If this is your case, one of the tools used for oral cancer screening is Velscope, which is a technology that is recognized by the WHO – World Health Organization and is an efficient tool in diagnosing oral cancer.

It works by analyzing and providing visual representations of abnormalities in the oral mucous that may not be visible to the naked eye. The tool is one of the most widely used for oral cancer screening today.

Digital X-rays

Digital X-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry. This technology replaces conventional X-rays, reducing the use of film, harsh chemicals and waste materials used to capture the images. Unlike traditional X-rays, digital X-rays use less radiation. They also make it easier for our dentist to accurately and efficiently reach a diagnosis as their processing time is faster, providing immediate results.

Here are some great benefits of the digital X-ray:

  • It creates less exposure to radiation than traditional X-rays

  • It enables dentists to make a diagnosis more accurately

  • It reduces using wasted materials and harsh chemicals

  • It reduces time consumption and provides immediate results

  • It produces instant imaging results, especially of abnormalities in teeth, gums, and enamel

Also, dentists can easily adjust the image (contrast or brightness). The digital x-ray provides great convenience and has become one of the most adopted methods of digital imaging.

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 Edgewater Family Dental, call us at 803-835-2500 today!

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for dental imaging, come visit us at Edgewater Family Dental in Indian Land, South Carolina. Our professional dentist is waiting to assist you.