Dental Imaging

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Our Dental Imaging Guide

To maintain healthy teeth, it's essential to have good oral and dental hygiene. It is also vital to visit our dentist, who will provide advice and instructions on how to take care of your teeth properly. During your initial visit to Dental Group of Springfield in Springfield, Illinois, you can expect your oral exam to be accompanied by X-Rays or other dental imaging techniques.

Dental imaging helps our dentist make a well-informed diagnosis and treatment plan catered to your unique needs. There are various types of X-Rays available for dental imaging. Depending on your symptoms, some X-Ray procedures will be more suitable than others. Take a closer look at some of the modern dental imaging procedures we may use during your visit.

CEPH X-ray


A Cephalometric X-ray, or Ceph X-ray, is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. Ceph X-Rays are extraoral, so patients do not have to insert any sort of trays, bitewings or films into the mouth. They are also safe, fast, painless and extremely effective. 

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Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray that is necessary when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your doctor may use this technology to produce three-dimensional images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. With cone beam CT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of images. This makes it much easier to analyze the issue and make an accurate diagnosis, allowing for successful treatment planning and completion. 

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Digital X-rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital X-Rays are especially valuable because they don't expose you to as much radiation as film X-Rays. The resulting images aid our dentist in identifying any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel with efficiency.

The digital X-Ray machine is connected to a computer that displays the image minutes after it is taken. This process is not only convenient, but it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.

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.

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iTero Dental Impressions

Used to get effective intraoral X-Rays, iTero dental impressions provide a three-dimensional (3D) image of your teeth. This technique is used to acquire dental impressions for braces, dental fillings, dental crowns, implants and more. The iTero dental impressions tool takes minutes to use and can be operated without any protective gear.

Smile Vision technology

Imagine being able to see your new smile before your cosmetic dentistry procedure is even scheduled. At Dental Group of Springfield, this glimpse into the future is a reality, thanks to our office’s Smile Vision technology. Through Smile Vision, we can generate custom-created before-and-after images of your smile. This revolutionary capability allows you to see realistic results of any cosmetic procedure performed on your own smile.

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At Dental Group of Springfield in Springfield, Illinois, we utilize a variety of dental imaging technologies to ensure each patient receives the treatments they need. Take the first step in achieving your dental goals today by calling 217-793-8899. Our dentist and team are here to schedule your appointment, answer your questions and address any concerns.