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 used to generate images of remarkable sharpness and clarity. It has the necessary depth-of-view for both intra- and extraoral images, from full arch to macro views, delivering consistently clear, high-resolution images that our dentist can easily share with you, so you see what our dentist sees, helping you make an educated decision regarding treatment recommendations. An intraoral camera is used for:

  • Periapical X-Rays: These X-rays produce results limited to one tooth only as it focuses on the details and the anatomy of that one tooth in particular. This kind of intraoral camera detects even the smallest changes in your dental structure.

  • Bite-Wing X-Rays: These X-rays produces images that include the upper and lower teeth of a specific area in your mouth. This intraoral camera helps detect tooth decay, cavities, or any other abnormality in your mouth.

  • Occlusal X-Rays: This intraoral camera focuses on the arch of the teeth, either on the upper jaw or the lower jaw. The images obtained help study the dental structure and the effects of any procedure.

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.