Dental Imaging Techniques

Modern dental imaging techniques are used for everything from identifying damage through digital x-rays to planning orthodontic treatment using 3D dental impressions. Our dentist at Quirt Family Dentistry uses these advanced tools to provide our patients with more comfortable experiences while ensuring accurate results and precise treatments. 


The cehpalometric x-ray, better known as the CEPH x-ray, is used at Quirt Family Dentistry by our dentist to diagnose malocclusion or misalignment of the teeth and jaw and plan orthodontic treatments. This type of x-ray takes panoramic images so our dentist can view the full area of the jaw and properly plan a treatment that will shift everything in to proper alignment. 

Digital X-Rays

One of the most poopular dental imaging technologies used today is the digital x-ray because of its safety and efficiency. It significantly reduces radiation exposure while also producing high quality images that can be reviewed by our dentist instantly. The quality of the images ensures accurate diagnostics and the speed of this dental imaging process allows our dentist to provide patients with the results of these tests immediately, eliminating lengthy waiting periods. 

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 Quirt Family Dentistry, call us at 715-843-9800 today!

To learn more about the dental imaging technology used at our Wausau, Wisconsin, office or to schedule an appointment, call us at 715-843-9800 today.