Dental X-rays, also known as radiographs, are images of your teeth that your dentist uses to evaluate your dental and overall health.
They employ low levels of radiation to capture images of the insides of your teeth, gums, and surrounding bone structure.
Dental X-rays may seem complicated, but they’re common tools that are just as important as teeth cleanings.
Purpose of Dental X-Rays
Generally, dentists recommend for patients to have routine X-rays taken every two years.
These X-rays show the dentist areas that can’t be seen by simply looking into your mouth, such as the height of the supporting bone structure, any possible infections in the bone, cysts, abscesses, and even some types of tumours.
They are an essential tool for dentists to use to enable them to see the overall health of your teeth and any supporting tissues.
The factors affecting how often you get dental X-rays may include:
- current oral health
- any symptoms of oral disease
- history of gum disease or tooth decay
Types of X-rays
There are two types of dental X-rays – the intraoral and the extraoral X-rays.
Intraoral X-rays involve the digital imaging of the teeth, your bite, and gums.
This technique involves biting down on a piece of paper so that your dentist can identify how well the crowns of your teeth complement each other. This is often used to check for cavities between teeth.
These are performed with your jaw is closed to see how your upper and bottom teeth line up.
It can also detect abnormalities with the floor of your mouth or palate. This technique captures all of your teeth in just one shot.
Your dentist may use this technique to examine your wisdom teeth, plan for implanted dental devices, or inspect jaw problems.
This technique concentrates on two complete teeth, from the root to crown.
Extraoral X-rays may be used when your Deer Park dentist thinks there might be issues in areas outside of the teeth and gums, such as the jaw.
Dental X-ray Procedures
These X-rays are typically performed in Deer Park Dental Surgery. A dental professional will cover you with a heavy lead apron to protect your body from radiation.
Next, the dental professional will put a small device, made of plastic, in your mouth and ask you to bite down on it. This holds the X-ray film in place.
The technician will proceed to take an X-ray image of the targeted area. The whole process is pain-free and will be repeated until images have been achieved for your whole mouth.
The use of digital X-rays provides less radiation to the dental patient and is convenient and time saving for the dental practice.
After Dental X-rays
Your Deer Park dentist will review your X-rays and check for irregularities. If your dentist spots problems, such as cavities or tooth abnormality, they’ll discuss your treatment options.
Dental X-rays at Deer Park Dental Surgery
Dental X-rays performed at Deer Park Dental Surgery are guaranteed safe and accurate. If you want to book your appointment with your Deer Park dentist, visit us now!
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