X-Rays

Innovative Dental Ideas

James E Butler, DMD

Implant Dentist & General Dentist located in Hilliard, OH

X-rays help James Butler, DMD, diagnose and treat dental conditions that might not be visible to the naked eye. At Innovative Dental Ideas in Hilliard, Ohio, the team of dental experts uses state-of-the-art cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans and digital X-rays to give you the most accurate diagnosis available to modern dentistry. To learn more about how X-rays can improve your smile, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking online.

X-Rays Q & A

What are X-rays used for?

The team at Innovative Dental Ideas uses X-rays whenever they need a more in-depth look at the structure or condition of your mouth. Some instances that might call for a more detailed look at your smile include:

  • To determine the extent of a tooth infection
  • To evaluate your tooth for a root canal
  • If you need bone grafting before getting dental implants
  • To diagnose abnormal lesions including bone cancers, tumors, or cysts
  • To determine whether you have sleep apnea

What types of X-rays do you use?

The state-of-the-art offices at Innovative Dental Ideas are equipped with the most advanced X-ray devices available to modern dentistry, including:

Digital X-rays

Digital X-rays use a digital sensor instead of traditional X-ray film to get an in-depth look at your teeth and mouth tissues. Digital X-rays have a number of advantages, including:

  • Reducing the already-low radiation exposure by up to 90%
  • Viewed and enlarged instantly, allowing Dr. Butler to easily detect problems
  • Doesn’t require film processing, which uses chemicals harmful to the environment

CBCT scanners

A cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanner enables Dr. Butler to take a three-dimensional image of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways, oral bones, and even your airway. This allows him to see everything inside your mouth from every possible angle.

Because the images produced by a CBCT scan are so precise, Dr. Butler gets a more thorough understanding of your dental needs and doesn’t have to do the guesswork that’s sometimes necessary with traditional X-rays.

What happens during a CT scan?

A CT scan is a simple and noninvasive procedure only taking a few minutes. Dental CT scans are different from body CT scans in that they don’t require you to be in an enclosed space.

You simply sit in an exam chair and hold very still while the CT scan machine rotates around your head. And unlike traditional X-rays, CT scans don’t require you to bite down on any plastic.

It only takes a few seconds for the CT scan to get a full picture of your entire mouth, and you can go about your day as normal immediately afterward.

There’s no pain, no downtime, and no recovery involved, just an excellently detailed image of your mouth enabling Dr. Butler to give you exceptional dental care.

To learn more about how a CT scan can help Dr. Butler improve your smile, book a visit at Innovative Dental Ideas today by calling the office or making an appointment online.