Dental Imaging

During your visit to Breton Bay Dentistry, 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.

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 Breton Bay Dentistry about i-CAT 3D imaging. Call us at 301-475-2881.

Intraoral Camera

The intraoral camera creates extremely high-resolution images (both stills and video) of the surface of the mouth. Intraoral cameras are housed in a small, wand-like device that your dentist can easily position to get the best possible view of your gums and teeth. The intraoral camera instantly produces images that reveal problems that would normally not be visible to the naked eye. Your dentist can easily spot problems such as tiny fractures in your teeth’s enamel, potential gum damage, or the kind of plaque build-up that leads to decay, cavities, and the need for more complex repair. However, since your dentist can now see your mouth in unprecedented detail, the use of an intraoral camera can help stop problems before they fully develop. This saves you time, money and discomfort.

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iTero Dental Impressions

An iTero Intraoral Scanner is a more comfortable, convenient alternative to the “goo” associated with dental impressions. It allows dentists to take a 3-D digital scan, or picture, of a patient’s teeth and bite, rather than using a viscous impression material. Not only is the iTero Intraoral Scanner significantly more patient-friendly but also offers increased precision and eliminates the risks of gagging or swallowing excess impression gel.

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 301-475-2881 to schedule an appointment.