When you first visit a dentist, the majority of your appointment is spent taking photos of your teeth. This dental exam is important for the dentist understand your oral health and make an accurate diagnosis. An x-ray is used to get immediate results, making it convenient for the dentist to identify the problem and suggest treatments.
Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays are useful as they do not expose you to as much radiation as film x-rays tend to do. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth, and enamel with ease.
The X-ray machine is connected to a computer that immediately displays the image taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter but also permits our dentist to view and analyze the results immediately.
Another common dental x-ray, the intraoral camera, is used when the dentist needs to take x-rays inside of your mouth. This camera helps produce sharper images of your teeth and gums at different angles from the interior.
There are three different types of intraoral x-rays:
Bitewing x-ray – Focusing on the enamel of the teeth, bitewing x-rays are essential for identifying cavities and gum disease, which can cause tooth decay if not treated. For replacement or renewing of fillings, the bitewing x-ray can sometimes be used to identify the level of deterioration within the teeth.
Periapical x-ray – This x-ray reveals the entire tooth, from where it starts at the jaw to the enamel. This is important to identify any unusual growths, abnormalities or changes which might be occurring at the root, near the gum, or even other bone structures.
Occlusal x-ray – This allows for a bigger look at the placement and arch of all the teeth. This is largely used to identify alignment problems and to fix them with the help of braces or other dental procedures.
If you have any further questions about our dental imaging services or would like to visit our office, contact us today to schedule an appointment.