Dental Imaging

Digital radiography provides many advantages over conventional film, which is why it’s easy to see why dental practices are making the transition to digital dental X-ray systems. The equipment our dentist uses shapes the way you, as a patient, perceives their practice. A main concern is the exposure to radiation. Fortunately, digital radiography typically reduces radiation exposure by 75% or more.

The comfort and needs of our patients are tantamount at Distinctive Dental Solutions. The improved dental imaging devices and techniques discussed here are not alternatives to each other. One might be more useful than another, depending on the individual. It’s entirely our dentist’s decision which device to use to achieve the desired results from the dental imaging process.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays have become an advancement in many dental fields. Taking x-rays digitally is more convenient and produces more accurate, reliable results than before. This process is safer for the patients and quicker than traditional x-rays. A digital x-ray is safer because it doesn’t expose the patient to harmful radiation. A digital x-ray is quicker because it gives results without delay; the device is attached to a computer and shows the x-ray on screen immediately.

iTero Dental Impressions

iTero is a scanner which helps take oral impressions of the teeth. This scanner is quick and produces clear images. Since this technology takes a 3D view of a patient’s mouth, it helps to create a complete dental map. This aids our dentist in diagnosis, analyzing the causes of any problems that the patient may have.

Bien Air Handpieces

Bien Air Hand Devices are extremely reliable and accurate. The pieces involve microtechnology, which are not used to take dental images but rather the processes that follow. These might include minor surgeries, in-depth cleaning and getting a detailed look at a patient’s dental structure. Bien Air Handpieces are adjustable to the patient’s body temperature, thus they do not cause discomfort for the patients.

Intraoral Camera

The intraoral camera comes with three options:

- Bite-Wing X-Ray: This x-ray produces a result that incorporates the upper and lower teeth of a specific area in your mouth. This intraoral camera helps in detecting tooth decay, cavities or any other abnormality in the patient’s mouth.

- Periapical X-Ray: This x-ray produces a result limited to only one tooth. It studies the details and the anatomy of that one tooth in particular. It detects even the smallest change in the patient’s dental structure.

- Occlusal X-Ray: This intraoral camera focuses on the arch of the teeth. It could be either the upper jaw or the lower jaw of the patient. This camera can produce results which help study the dental structure and the development of any procedure.


This particular x-ray also gives a comprehensive look at a patient’s dental structure, bones and jaw placement, and only takes a few minutes to develop. The main reason to use this kind of x-ray is to predict the consequences of the procedure or the treatment suggested by our dentist. The CEPH x-ray helps our dentist select the best course of action for the patient.

KaVo DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Finder

One of the best technological advancements in dentistry is the KaVo DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Finder. This modern device helps in detecting cavities by using sound waves. It may seem strange, but this device works similar to that of a metal detector. The only difference is that this device uses a laser to perform the procedure. Using KaVo Laser Cavity Finder technology helps ensure that your tooth decay and cavities are detected and treated without any unnecessary delay. This saves time for both our dentist and the patient.

Smile Vision Technology

Smile-Vision Technology gives the before and after images of the patient’s dental structure so that the result of the treatment can be seen prior to the actual procedure.

Oral Cancer Screening 

An advanced invention in dentistry is the Oral Cancer Screening VELscope. This important tool is used to detect any abnormal formation of oral tissues, which could be a sign of oral cancer. It is also used in examining the tongue for any extraordinary changes. VELscope is responsible for detecting cancerous oral cells at an early stage so that the ailment is treatable.

This benefit of using VELscope in dentistry is huge, because detecting abnormal tissue formation in the mouth is not visible by regular devices and the human eye.

Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging

In order to diagnose, plan the dental procedure and monitor every patient’s case, this instrument has brought about remarkable improvements in dentistry. Since this device captures 3D images of the jaw, teeth and tissues in the mouth, it helps our dentist gather information and draw conclusions from their findings. Cone beam is also a phenomenal invention because it creates a pathway of dental nerves and roots.

Digital X-ray

Offering superior resolution with less radiation exposure, digital radiography at your Springfield dentist is an excellent way to help diagnose oral problems. Digital X-rays not only use 90% less radiation than traditional film X-rays but are also much less time-consuming.

 Using a small radiographic camera that is only slightly larger than a pen, we capture images of each tooth. This technology eliminates the need for developing or chemical processing of the images. Instead, they appear instantly on a computer screen as each scan is complete. By shifting the angle of the imaging wand only slightly, the dentist can capture every surface of every tooth. 

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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 Distinctive Dental Solutions, call us at 417-889-0700 today!

Our dentist at Distinctive Dental Solutions is experienced in the use of advanced digital imaging technologies. Call us at 417-889-0700 for an appointment or come by our office today. Our dentist is here waiting for you and will answer any questions you might have.