February 10, 2018
One of the most effective tools at your dentist’s disposal is the X-Ray. It provides him with the ability to view areas of your oral structure that cannot be seen with the naked eye. For patients, this should provide a great sense of relief because it translates into better care and prevention of conditions that can threaten your health. As you continue reading you’ll learn more about the value of X-Rays and the different kinds available.
What are X-Rays?
Also known as radiographs, X-Rays are used for diagnostic images that are essential for preventive dentistry. There are two main categories – intraoral and extraoral. They are used as follows:
- Intraoral – Intraoral X-Rays are place inside the mouth are used to find cavities, look at tooth roots, check the health of the bony area around the tooth and monitor your overall oral health.
- Extraoral – Extraoral X-Rays are made with the film outside the mouth. They show your teeth, but they also provide information on the jaw and skull, allow your dentist to keep track of bone growth, look at the status of impacted teeth and the bones of the face.
The Specific Types of X-Rays Your Dentist May Use
Within the two categories, there are specific types of X-Rays that help your dentist provide the most effective preventive care:
- Periapical – This image provides a view of the entire tooth, from the crown to the bone that helps to support the structure.
- Bite-wing – The bite-wing offers a visual of both the lower and upper posterior teeth. This type of image shows the dentist how they touch one another and helps to determine whether decay is present.
- Panoramic – The panoramic view shows the teeth, jaws, nasal area, sinuses and the joints of the jaw.
- Occlusal – This view provides your dentist with a view of the floor of the mouth to show the bite of the upper or lower jaw.
Why is Preventive Care Important?
Preventive care is your way to prevent a host of dental maladies like gum disease, oral infection and tooth loss. By providing a plethora of images, your dentist will be able to maximize the effectiveness of your regular dental examinations and ensure your oral health for years to come.
To schedule your first visit, reach out to your local expert so that you can experience the full potential of your oral care.
About the Author
Dr. Christopher Pollard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Texas A&M University and then went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry. A member of several professional organizations, Dr. Pollard practices at Dental Renaissance and can be reached for more information through his website.
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