Benefits of X-rays

Dental X-rays are images taken of teeth, jaw bones, and tissues to help dentists find potential issues with your overall oral health. The X-rays can show us areas of decay, cavities, and bone loss that can’t be seen by a visual exam.

Dental X-rays must be taken before any dental treatments are performed to make sure the dentist is fully aware of all potential risks such as hidden dental structures and long-term grinding. Here are some other things X-rays can show us:

  • Small areas of decay in the teeth or below fillings
  • Bone diseases
  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Signs of periodontal (gum) disease
  • Developmental and other defects
  • Some types of tumors
  • Positions of tooth roots and jaw bones
  • Signs of trauma
    * Digital xrays are 1/6 of the radiation of film xrays

Types of commonly used X-rays and what they show us:

  • Bitewing: upper and lower teeth at the back.
  • Periapical: single entire tooth, from the exposed top to the roots and the supporting jaw bone.
  • Occlusal: the roof or floor of the patients mouth.
  • Panoramic: Jaw, teeth, and even sinuses!

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