Dentistry at Happy Canyon does in office dental X-Rays. Our comprehensive philosophy on dentistry requires that we look at every aspect of you dental health, both what we can see and what lies beneath. We offer Panoramic, Bitewing and Cephalometric X-Rays by our experienced staff to make sure we don’t miss any aspect of your dental health.
Common Dental X-Ray Questions
Why does the dentist take x-rays?
Dental X-rays are pictures of the entire inside of the mouth, the teeth, bones, and soft tissues around them and are used to help find problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw. X-rays can show cavities, teeth that have not yet erupted(such as wisdom or baby teeth), and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual examination. Dental X-rays may also be done as follow-up after dental treatments.
What other types of Dental X-Rays are there?
Besides Panoramic, Bitewing and Cephalometric X-Rays there are also:
- Periapical X-rays show the whole tooth, from the crown to the end of the root and the bones that support the tooth under the gum line. These X-rays are used to find problems below the gum line or in the jaw, such as impacted teeth, absessed teeth, cysts, tumors, and bone changes linked to some diseases.
- Occlusal X-rays show the roof or floor of the mouth. These are used to find extra teeth, teeth that have not yet broken through the gums, jaw fractures, a cleft in the roof of the mouth (cleft palate), cysts, abscesses, or growths. These may also be used to find a foreign object in the mouth.
- Digital X-rays are just like your digital camera, they can be sent to a computer to be recorded and saved.
When and how often are X-rays taken?
Most of the time, you will only have x-rays taken once a year of your teeth, this is due to most insurance companies will only pay for 1 set of x-ray’s per year. However, if you are having severe problems with your teeth, gums or jaw, exceptions can sometimes be made via the dentist’s request. This all depends on the insurance company and the type of policy you have.
- A full-mouth series of periapical X-rays is most often done during your first visit to the dentist.
- Bitewing X-rays are used during checkups to look for tooth decay.
- Panoramic X-rays may be used occasionally.
- Bitewing X-Rays -Image from Flickr via CC 2.0
- Cephalometric X-Rays – Image from Openi via CC 2.0
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