Dental Imaging Techniques

During your first visit to, our dentist will perform oral tests to identify any issues regarding your dental health. Many times, an x-ray is used to get immediate results, which helps to identify any problems and suggest treatment. Now, there are advanced x-ray imaging procedures that provide our dentist with sharper, more precise digital images of your teeth. Learn about the variety of techniques and dental imaging tools used at our McKinney, Texas, office, below. 

Digital X-Rays

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

To obtain the results, the x-ray machine connects to a computer that displays images within minutes of being taken. This quick turnaround not only shortens your dental appointment but also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of needing to wait hours or days.

Intraoral Camera

Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera is used when our dentist needs to take x-rays inside the mouth. There are three different types of intraoral x-rays that are used:

  • Periapical X-ray: This x-ray reveals the entire tooth, from where it starts at the jaw to the enamel. Such focus is important to identify any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes that occur 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 between the teeth. Tooth decay caused by gum diseases is also easy to identify with this tool. For the replacement or renewing of fillings, the bitewing x-ray can be used to determine the level of deterioration that has taken place.

  • Occlusal X-ray: This x-ray style allows for a broader view of the placement and arch of all the teeth. It's 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, and each style is taken with the help of an intraoral camera. Our dentist makes use of any of these based on the kind of dental problem being experienced.

Determining the right dental treatment procedure requires proper oral analysis from an expert. of McKinney, Texas, has a dedicated dentist and team of professionals on board to evaluate and treat all of your dental needs! If you have any questions about our dental imaging services or would like to visit our office for a consultation and quote, contact us today at 972-369-1474.