Dental radiography is needed for proper diagnosis and treatment. X-rays provide an excellent venue for the dentist to determine the level of needed therapy, and they serve as a superb tool in dental disease detection. Several types of pictures may be taken during the visit and are aimed at correct identification of oral issues.
When visual inspection of the teeth raises some concerns, the periapical X-rays will provide answers and result in proper diagnosis. This type of radiograph will disclose the entire structure of the tooth including the apex and any surrounding tissue and bone. Periapical photos also identify infections, cysts or periodontal disease related to the adjacent teeth.
Bitewing X-rays detect interproximal decay. These types of radiographs are taken within the posterior (back area) region of the mouth including molars and premolars. Bitewings disclose any caries that cannot be seen by visual exam of the dentition.
Also called Panorex or Panellipse, this radiograph is taken outside of the mouth, and the patient does not experience any discomfort. Panorex will display the entire mouth structure including the jaw malformations and any impacted teeth. Our patients appreciate this method as it is painless and effective in creating the dental treatment plan. Panoramic x-rays also assist with diagnosing lesions, cysts, tumors, sinus complications, jaw fractures, missing teeth and extra teeth.
Exposure to Radiation
With the newest technology we implement, the exposure to radiation is minimal. We protect our patients with lead aprons to minimize the exposure. We also operate according to the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to assure that our young patients are always safe and comfortable when visiting us. Panoramic x-ray radiation exposure is the same radiation you receive when you walk outside in the sun, it is very low.