The thought of x-ray radiation can be disturbing. We offer our patients the latest in digital intra-oral radiology as part of our dental services. You get crystal clear images of your teeth and jaw with a fraction of the radiation exposure you receive from traditional x-rays.
Additionally, we have the ability to take traditional ‘bitewing’ x-rays from outside your head. All you need to do is stand there. This is perfect for children, people with small mouths, tori, gagging issues, or those who simply hate having a film or sensor jammed into their mouth – which is most of us.
Why do I need x-rays?
These images (radiographs) are the ONLY way a dentist can diagnose certain problems, including: cavities between the teeth, bone infections, types of benign and malignant tumors, bone loss and impacted wisdom teeth. Without them, your provider is limited in the care he/she can provide, and may miss catching a problem early enough for it to be successfully treated.
Types of X-rays
There are many types of x-rays, each with a different purpose and recommended frequency. This will vary depending on the patient and the situation, but generally, the ones we like to have for our patients are:
Panoramic x-ray: This image gives us a good view of all the soft and hard tissue of your oral cavity. It is the primary way a dentist can assess any potential bone loss and the health of your wisdom teeth. We like to update this x-ray every 5 years.
Bitewing x-rays: These are cavity detection x-rays that allow the doctors to see in between your back teeth, one of the most common spots for cavities to develop. We like to get a set of these every year, and they’re comprised of a quick 2 images on each side.
Periapical x-ray: Sometimes, the doctor just needs a focused image of a single or few teeth, whether because they see something suspicious or because the patient is experiencing discomfort. This single shot gives them a clear view of the tooth from root to tip.
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