Dental X-rays are important preventative and diagnostic tools in dentistry. They hep provide valuable information about teeth and jaws that may not be readily visible during a regular exam. They can help reveal:
Abscesses or cysts.
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Decay between the teeth.
Poor tooth and root positions.
Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
There are different kinds of X-rays used depending on the exam needed:
This uses an electronic sensor to capture the image and store in the computer as opposed to using an X-ray film. Hence there is very low levels of radiation exposure .
Such X rays are extraoral and capture the radiographic image of the side of the face,including the nasal and sinus passages. The body is exposed to very little radiation. It can reveal malocclusions or “bad bites”.
Panoramic X rays
These are also extraoral and only taken if needed for certain exams. They also reveal the nasal and sinus passages and are helpful if a patient is in pain or when sinus passages cause dental problems.