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Dental Imaging

Dental Radiographs are commonly called X-rays. Dentists use radiographs for many reasons: to find hidden dental structures, malignant or benign masses, bone loss, and cavities. A radiographic image is formed by a controlled burst of X-ray radiation which penetrates oral structures at different levels, depending on varying anatomical densities, before striking the film or sensor.

Why is dental imaging important?

Dental imaging plays a crucial role in modern dentistry by providing essential insights that allow us to provide you with more accurate diagnoses, personalised treatment planning, and patient-centric care. These imaging techniques, including dental radiography, 3D imaging, and digital scans, allow our dentists to visualise structures within the mouth that are not visible to the naked eye. This includes:

  • Detecting cavities
  • Assessing the health of the roots of teeth
  • Identifying bone density
  • Evaluating the positioning of teeth 
  • Diagnosing of dental issues
  • Early detection of issues
  • Monitoring growth and development
  • Orthodontic planning
  • & much more! 

Dental imaging is particularly vital in guiding more complex treatments like orthodontics, dental implant placements, and oral surgeries, ensuring utmost precision while minimising risks during procedures. 

By enabling early detection of issues, dental imaging helps prevent potential complications, supports informed decision-making, and contributes to more efficient dental treatments, ultimately allowing us to give you the best dental care possible.

A panoramic (wide view) X-ray of the lower face allowing view of the mouth, teeth and bones of the upper and lower jaws.

OPG X-rays are an important diagnostic tool for all dental procedures. We recommend these X-rays are updated every 2 years.

PMD Dental Care offers a remarkable new technology that creates virtually limitless views of the face, it’s called 3D Imaging. (3D CBCT)

3D CBCT imaging has become increasingly important in treatment planning and diagnosis in implant dentistry as well as endodontics, periodontics and orthodontics.

It’s fast, simple and completely painless – a single 10-second scan. And, from that scan, the practitioners can quickly see computer-generated views of the bones of the face, the teeth, and other details from any angle, in 3D and in colour!

It’s important for your doctor to have accurate and complete information to plan your treatment. 3D Imaging provides that information, with a host of advantages for you and your doctors..

Lateral Cephalometric X-rays take a lateral (sideways) view of the face which demonstrates the bones and facial contours of the profile.

Lat Ceph X-rays are usually used in the diagnosis and treatment of orthodontics..

Bitewings are a diagnostic tool used to view the interproximal (in-between) surfaces of the teeth. It is called bitewing because the patient bites down on a wing-shaped device that holds the X-ray film or sensor in place.

Bitewing X-rays should be taken every 2 years to ensure there is no active decay or bone loss.

An x-ray that shows the full length of the tooth, from the tip of the crown to the base of the root.

This x-ray is used mostly for Endodontic (Root Canal) treatment implant placement and other procedures which require a detailed understanding of a specific tooth.

Periapical X-rays are also used as a diagnostic tool for pain relief.

Why Choose Port Melbourne Dental

Take the first step towards achieving and maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile with our wide range of treatments when you choose Port Melbourne Dental.

  • Our dental team consists of experienced professionals who are skilled in a wide range of dental services. Their expertise ensures that you receive the highest quality of care for your oral health needs.
  • Port Melbourne offers a comprehensive range of dental treatments from routine check-ups and cleanings to treatments such as cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, emergency dentistry, sleep dentistry and more!
  • Our clinic is equipped with modern technology, which allows for more accurate diagnostics and treatments.
  • We tailor treatment plans to suit your unique individual requirements so that you receive the right care.

Our friendly team is available 7 days a week to assist with any urgent needs that may arise. To book your appointment, please contact our friendly staff at 03 9646 5100. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you've always wanted.