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What are dental X-rays?


Posted on 8/8/2022 by Oral and Facial Surgery Center
What are dental X-rays?Dental X-rays are an important part of your dental care routine. If you make regular trips to our practice, you have probably had a dental X-ray taken. In this article, our specialists explain what dental X-rays are and why they are necessary.

Importance of dental X-rays


Dental X-rays are a very important step in preventative care. The X-rays allow our experts to detect several underlying problems such as tooth decay and dental injuries that may not be visible to the naked eye. Early detection of dental problems facilitates easy and less costly treatment. In addition, dental X-rays have to be taken for patients who are having cosmetic dental procedures such as dental implants.

There are several types of dental X-rays. Our dentists specify the type of X-ray you need depending on which dental procedure you are undergoing. Some of the X-rays include occlusal, panoramic, bitewing, and periapical. The occlusal X-ray allows our dentist to detect teeth that may still be under the gum line and extra teeth. The panoramic X-ray is taken for patients who require orthodontic treatment. This X-ray gives a clear view of the jaw joints, teeth, and sinuses. The bitewing shows the upper and lower teeth and how they fit together. Finally, the periapical X-ray shows an entire tooth from its crown to the root.

Dental X-rays procedure


Dental X-rays are performed at our practice. Our experts will start by covering your upper body with an iron apron, to shield you from radiation. We will then instruct you to bite down on a small plastic apparatus. This apparatus will assist in positioning the X-ray film. We then take an X-ray image of the target region and repeat this procedure until images of your entire mouth are obtained. Pay us a visit for pain-free dental X-rays from licensed professionals.


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