X-rays are an important tool that provides the dentist the ability to examine the roots, jaws, and facial bones of the patient. X-rays aid the dentist in determining the degree of decay, periodontal disease, abscesses or any pathology, i.e. cysts or tumors, that may not show clinically through a visual examination alone. X-rays are taken based on the individual dentist’s assessment of the patient. Most new patients have a full set of x-rays taken and check-up x-rays are taken as needed.
Types of X-rays:
Bitewing – determine the presence of decay in between teeth. Periapical – shows root structures, cysts, bone level or other pathology.
Panoramic – a broad view of entire structure of mouth on one film. It is used to determine if pathology is present, position of wisdom teeth, etc. It is not used to diagnose cavities.
By using new, state-of-the-art technology, and by using new fast film, radiation exposure has been greatly decreased.