Dental x-rays use a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. Dental X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and not to use them could lead to undiagnosed disease. Without dental X-rays, showing the teeth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
Types of Dental X-Rays
There are several types of dental X-Rays, and your dental insurance will likely cover them as preventive if you receive them on the recommended basis. The most common types of dental x-rays include:
- Bite Wing X-Rays
- Panoramic X-Rays
Bitewing xrays require the patient to bite down on a piece of plastic with x-ray film in the center. Bitewing x-rays can show decay between the teeth – one of the most common areas for decay. Bitewing x-rays typically show 4-5 upper and lower teeth per x-ray. A complete series of 4 films includes two on each side, to show all of the back teeth – premolars and molars.
Panoramic x-rays, or radiographs, allow your dentist to see your entire mouth – upper and lower teeth, and parts of your jaw, in a single image. It gives the dentist a clear picture of any issues that may be harder to see in up close x-rays. A panoramic x-ray is an excellent tool to track a child’s tooth development, or to show any complications associated with a teenager’s wisdom teeth coming in – such as impacted wisdom teeth.
During your dental x-rays, you will wear a lead collar or apron to protect your neck and other parts of your body from the limited radiation involved. How often your dentist will take dental x-rays depends on your age and dental health.
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