Important Things You Should Know About Dental Imaging

Recent advances in digital radiographic imaging technology are changing the practice of dentistry. Digital panoramic and intraoral imaging provide instant access to adjustable, high-quality images with a lower radiation dosage than that required for traditional film imaging. In addition, the latest modality in dental imaging — cone-beam CT — provides dentists with immediate access to three-dimensional images of a patient’s mouth and jaw.

The rising adoption of digital dental imaging technology is motivated by its three primary advantages over film-based image acquisition: it can speed work flow, provide better images, and it requires less radiation. For an in-depth look at these new and improved dental imaging tools, read the article that follows.


Our dentist at Clarksville Family Dentistry in Clarksville IN always has your comfort and needs in mind. It is important to mention that the improved dental imaging tools and technologies discussed here are not alternatives to each other: depending on the case, one might prove more useful than another, and only our dentist can decide which device to use in order get the desired results from the dental imaging process.

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.

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 Clarksville Family Dentistry, call us at 812-280-1001 today!

Our dentist at Clarksville IN in Clarksville IN uses the most appropriate dental imaging techniques based on your condition and medical history. Call us at 812-280-1001 for an appointment or come by our office to meet our dentist.