Dental Imaging

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Dental Imaging Services We Offer

In order to provide you with accurate and detailed results during your visit, we, at Essington Family Dental Care in Joliet,Illinois offer various dental imaging techniques that are thorough and that, along with our dentist, provide an accurate diagnosis to better assist you in all your dental needs.

Please review our imaging techniques below and don’t hesitate to contact us at 815-744-1212 or talk to our dentist about any of the following methods:

iTero Dental Impressions

The iTero dental impressions provides a 3D image of your teeth, making our dentist see every angle of your mouth. It’s used to acquire dental impressions for braces, dental fillings, dental crowns, implants and more, in minutes without any hassle or stress.

Oral Cancer Screening (Velscope)

Our dentist could recommend you get tested or screened for oral cancer. When detected early, oral cancer can be treated effectively. If this is your case, one of the tools used for oral cancer screening is Velscope, which is a technology that is recognized by the WHO – World Health Organization and is an efficient tool in diagnosing oral cancer.

It works by analyzing and providing visual representations of abnormalities in the oral mucous that may not be visible to the naked eye. The tool is one of the most widely used for oral cancer screening today.

Digital X-rays

Offering superior resolution with less radiation exposure, digital radiography at your Joliet 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 Essington Family Dental Care, call us at 815-744-1212 today!

We are happy to provide these dental imaging options for you. If you'd like to call us for an appointment, please feel free to do so at 815-744-1212. Our team is here to answer any of your questions.