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What You Need to Know About Dental X-Rays

A lot goes into evaluating and treating your teeth. Your dental team can learn a lot by looking at your teeth, but they can learn even more by looking at an x-ray. Dental x-rays are a vital part of any patient’s treatment plan.

X-rays allow dentists to do many things; here is a list of some of the things that a dental x-ray can detect:

• Find cavities
• Look at the root of the tooth
• Check the health of the bony area around the tooth
• See the status of developing teeth

The list doesn’t end there, but next time your dentist takes x-rays, know that it could find the root of an oral health problem or developing issue. The benefits of x-rays are key to helping doctors diagnose common dental problems while also allowing them to take a peek at problems that may be going on under the surface.

There are many different kinds of x-rays that are performed to get a certain view of the mouth.

• Periapical: gives a view of the entire tooth, from crown to bone
• Bite-wing: provides a view of both the lower and upper posterior teeth
• Panoramic: gives a view of the jaw, nasal area, sinuses, and joints of the jaw
• Occlusal: provides a view of the floor of the mouth to show the bite of the upper and lower jaw (most commonly used in children)

Next time you’re at the dentist, you can feel comfortable getting an x-ray, knowing that it is a low-radiation x-ray that does a lot of good when addressing oral health issues and creating a treatment plan.