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Everything You Need to Know About Dental X-rays.
If you visit the dentist regularly, then you have probably been asked to get one or two x-rays done once in a while. Vita Dental Spring may also require you to go for an X-ray procedure to enable proper treatment of your teeth. Though not compulsory, x-rays provide essential information in dental treatments because they help dentists analyze what lies below the gum line. If you ever ask yourself why a dental x-ray is so important, read the following article and find out everything you need to know about dental x-rays.
What are Dental X-rays?
A dental x-ray is a 2-D image that shows the teeth and jawbone anatomy beyond the gum and the enamel. There are two kinds of x-rays: film x-rays and digital x-rays. The digital x-rays emit approximately 80% radiation and are therefore safer. Vita Dental Spring uses digital x-rays to ensure the safety of all our patients.
The digital x-ray could either be intraoral which means that they are taken inside the mouth or extraoral, which means that they are taken outside the mouth. Intraoral x-rays allow your dentist to see finer details such as cavities in the teeth, root and tooth development, and tooth anchorage to the jawbone. Extraoral x-rays reveal the bigger images of the jawbone and its attachment to the rest of the head. They are especially useful in cases of a fracture to allow reconstruction.
Problems That a Dental X-ray Can Detect
An x-ray can reveal tooth decay that in invisible to the eye, and also show the presence of gum disease that could lead to loss of the jawbone. Other abnormalities such as cysts and tumors, and development problems are also detectable with the use of an x-ray, and hopefully, treated in good time. X-rays are also used to detect any changes in the teeth, and problems with ligaments that hold your teeth in position. Lastly, x-rays are crucial in the design of braces, implants, and dentures to ensure that the models fit the patient’s mouth perfectly.
Who Performs an X-ray Procedure?
An X-ray procedure is safe and is performed by a trained dental assistant. Proper measures will be taken to ensure that you are not exposed to unnecessary radiation. If you are in a bigger hospital, you may be asked to visit Radiology. Anyone asked to take an x-ray is safe, and you do not have to worry.
Types of Dental X-ray Procedures
There are different types of x-ray procedures that are performed depending on the dental problems you are experiencing:
- Bitewing: This is a procedure that involves biting done on a plastic apparatus to take images of the lower and upper posterior teeth. If you had dental appointments as a teenager, then you have probably undergone this procedure to check on the development of the wisdom teeth. It is also useful in detecting decay in those areas.
- Periapical: This is an x-ray that only focuses on one or two teeth at a time. It provides an in-depth image of a tooth from the crown to the root. A periapical x-ray is used to detect problems around one tooth such as cysts, or abnormal bone changes.
- Panoramic: This is a type of x-ray commonly taken before oral surgery. It shows all the teeth in a single page and is useful because it maps out your mouth. It is especially useful in implant placement and orthodontic procedures.
- Occlusal: This x-ray is common for children because it is used to follow tooth growth. It takes an image of the floor of the mouth to examine the bite of the jaw.
- Palatal: Captures all the teeth in one shot
Thanks to advances in technology, x-rays are becoming safer, less invasive, and more effective. Cone- beam technology is a form of 3-D x-ray scanning that is used to take digital images of the head. Dentists can also use this technology to take x-rays. Some dentists are already equipped with 3-D x-rays in their offices.
How Often Do You Need to Get a Dental X-ray?
X-rays are used as diagnostic tools, which means that if you have an appointment at Vita Dental Spring, you will only need one when the dentist thinks it is necessary. Not all dental problems require the need for an x-ray, and therefore, you will not be exposed to unnecessary radiation. The frequency of your x-ray procedures depends on your periodontal issues.
If you are not in the position to have an x-ray performed, the dentist will advise you accordingly. Pregnant women are often discouraged from having x-rays, and you should, therefore, keep your dentist informed. It is advisable to keep all your x-ray images safe to avoid the repetition of the procedure.
Dental X-Rays at Vita Dental, Spring
An x-ray procedure is painless and provides important information to your dentist. Vita Dental ensures that protective measures are taken to protect the rest of your body from stray rays and that x-rays are performed only when necessary. For more information on dental x-rays, visit Vita Dental Spring today.
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