Dental X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential diagnostic tool in dentistry. They provide a view of the teeth and supporting structures that cannot be seen with the naked eye. With the help of dental X-rays, dentists can identify and treat dental problems at an early stage, preventing them from progressing into more serious conditions. Dental X-rays are a part of our preventive dental care services.
There are several types of dental x-rays dentists use that depend on the specific needs of the patient. These include bitewing X-rays, periapical X-rays, panoramic X-rays, and cone beam CT scans. Each of these X-rays serves a unique purpose. Together, they provide a full view of a patient’s oral health.
Different Types of X-Rays
Bitewing X-rays are the most common type of dental X-ray. They provide a view of the upper and lower teeth in a single area of the mouth, usually the molars and premolars. Bitewing X-rays are used to detect cavities and check the fit of fillings and crowns. Additionally, they can assess the bone density surrounding the teeth.
Periapical X-rays are used to examine a specific tooth and the surrounding bone. They show a detailed view of the tooth from its crown to the tip of its root. Your dentist may use periapical X-rays to diagnose tooth infections, abscesses, and other conditions that affect the roots of the teeth.
Another type of dental X-ray is a panoramic X-ray. These X-rays give a view of the entire mouth, including the teeth, jaws, and other structures. Dr. Blaylock can use this type of X-ray to diagnose problems with the jaw joint, impacted teeth, and other conditions that affect the mouth.
Cone beam CT scans are a more advanced type of X-ray that provides a 3D image of the teeth and jaws. In fact, your dentist can use this type of X-ray for complex dental procedures, such as orthodontics and implant placement. Also, it can be useful for wisdom tooth extraction.
Risks with Dental X-Rays
Dental X-rays are essential tools for diagnosing and treating dental problems. However, some people are hesitant to undergo this procedure. This is because they have concerns about radiation exposure. Meanwhile, modern dental X-ray equipment minimizes radiation exposure.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the amount of exposure from a dental X-ray is equivalent to the amount of radiation exposure a person receives from their natural surroundings in one day. Additionally, Dr. Blaylock and his team take special precautions to minimize radiation exposure. This can include using lead aprons to protect the patient’s body from the X-rays.
By providing a detailed view of the teeth and supporting structures, dental X-rays help Dr. Blaylock diagnose and treat dental problems at an early stage. As a result, this helps prevent them from progressing into more serious concerns.
If you have concerns about dental X-rays, talk to your dentist about the benefits and risks of this procedure. Overall, they can help you maintain good oral health.