Getting an x-ray during a scheduled dental visit is not really an exciting process. You must be wondering why our dentist has to put you through the grueling process anyway and why it’s crucial to go through with it at all.
After all, having to put on a heavy apron and hold a device between your teeth doesn’t make it into anyone’s fun list.
However, uncomfortable the process is, you should know that dental X-rays or Dental Radiography is an essential aspect of your dental care treatment plan.
They play a critical diagnostic and preventive role. They allow our dentist to diagnose and identify dental issues that could otherwise result in major dental conditions if not handled in a good time.
Dental radiography is used to single out potential dental issues on your gums, jaw, teeth, and mouth early enough before they blow up into serious dental conditions. This goes a long way in saving you loads of money, time, and even unnecessary pain.
Other than for diagnosing, dental x-rays are used to determine the position of your teeth and bone condition while preparing for dental procedures that involve getting dentures or implants.
A dental x-ray in Easton can allow our dentist to single out the following dental issues, which could otherwise not be noticed through an oral examination.
Here are some of the X-ray uses:
1. Periapical X-rays
Used to check the entire health and status of your tooth from the crown down to the root portion anchored within your jaw bone. This form of an x-ray is ideally used to check for abnormalities within your root structure and the surrounding bone region around your root.
2. Bite-wing X-rays
Give a detailed view of your upper and lower teeth in one region of your mouth from the crown to the supporting bone region. This x-ray is used to check for any decay in-between your teeth and any bone loss due to periodontal infections.
This type of x-ray is also used to determine the proper size of the dental crown or bridge you will need during a restorative procedure. It is used to check for any wears within your dental fillings.
3. Occlusal X-rays
These are used to keep track of the development and general placement of an entire arch of teeth on your upper or lower jaw. They include x-rays such as a baby teeth x-ray used by our pediatric dentist to check for impacted teeth.
4. Panoramic X-rays
These x-rays are used to take detailed images of your entire oral cavity. It can show the placement of emerged teeth, emerging and impacted teeth within the same image. These x-rays are also used to diagnose tumors.
Our dentist may also recommend this for a wisdom teeth x-ray to check on the developmental progress of wisdom teeth in children.
Visit us today at Maple Tree Dental for all your dental radiography and dental diagnostic needs.