Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? Today’s post focuses on dental X-rays.
If you have ever stood in a huge camera apparatus and struggled to stay motionless while an automated camera made one slow pass around your head, then you have had a panoramic X-ray taken.
These pictures help dentists see everything in one image: the entire upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit to Jefferson City Dental Care. They are helpful for reviewing jaw injuries and seeing emerging teeth in children.
Bitewing X-rays help Dr. Johnson see what’s going on between teeth—something that is always required but impossible with a visual exam. They also help your dentist evaluate the jaw bone.
These are similar to bite wings but they can get a more distinct picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are frequently used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.
This is a combination of periapical and bitewing X-rays. It gives a highly-detailed picture of all the teeth and the surrounding bone structure.
If you are a patient of Jefferson City Dental Care and are worried about the safety of dental X-rays, we invite you to speak with our friendly staff. We can explain all the precautions that we take to reduce radiation exposure and answer any questions you may have.
If you are pregnant and need a dental X-ray at Jefferson City Dental Care, it is critical to let Dr. Johnson know this before X-rays are taken. X-rays are not necessarily dangerous for pregnant women, but they are often postponed until after delivery as a precaution.
We hope you have learned a little bit about dental X-rays, one of Dr. Johnson’s indispensable tools in providing outstanding orthodontic care.