Dental X-Rays Are Carried Out To:
- Find problems in the mouth such as tooth decay, dental injuries (such as broken tooth roots) and damage to the bones supporting the teeth. Dental X-rays are often done to find these problems early, before any symptoms are present.
- Find teeth that are not in the right place which cause crowding or do not break through the gum properly. These are called impacted teeth.
- Find cysts, cancers, or abscesses.
- Check for the location of permanent teeth growing in the jaw in children who still have their primary (baby) teeth.
- Plan treatment for cavities, root canal therapy, placement of dental implants, and tooth removals.
- Plan treatment of teeth that are not lined up straight – orthodontic treatment.
- As you can see without x-rays your dentist may miss a lot of problems with your teeth and jaws.
- At the dentists they have a state of the art digital X-ray system-as opposed to the traditional film x-rays.
- The digital x-rays use up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays and is instant coming straight up on a 19 inch computer screen.
- They can then be manipulated using special computer software to enhance them so that any tooth decay or jaw disease is not missed.
There Are Different Types Of X-Rays:
Bitewing X-rays show the upper and lower back teeth and how the teeth touch each other in a single view. These X-rays are used to check for decay between the teeth and to show how well the upper and lower teeth line up. They also show bone loss when severe gum disease or a dental infection is present.
Periapical (pa) X-rays show the entire tooth, from the exposed crown to the end of the root and the bones that support the tooth. These X-rays are used to find dental problems below the gum line or in the jaw, such as impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts, tumours, and bone changes linked to some diseases. These like the bitewing x-ray use a small sensor that fits in your mouth.
Panoramic X-rays show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular (jaw) joints. These X-rays do not find cavities. These X-rays also show problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumours), infections, and fractures.