|Types of X-rays|
|In keeping with your regular dental checkup, you may be taken x-rays. Different types of x-ray images help dentists to recognize places of decay, used up fillings, cracks, tartar, periodontal disease, impacted wisdom teeth, bone infections, abscesses or cysts, long or crooked roots, problems with sinuses, or anything else that may occur unusual or abnormal.|
According to your age and your dental health condition, dentists may use different types of x-rays, including:
Bitewing x-rays: These are the most common type of x-rays. They capture images of your upper and lower teeth above the gumline (the crowns) simultaneously.
Full series of x-rays: This type of x-rays uses 18 different locations. Actually, these give an entire picture of patient’s mouth.
Periapical x-rays: These present a great view of your entire tooth, including the roots, any bone loss, and cysts or abscesses. Dentists may use these x-rays as a follow-up measure for monitoring your teeth and jaw.
Panographic x-rays: These provide with a whole picture of your entire mouth in one image, including wisdom teeth, the sinuses, and the jawbone.
To make sure an accurate view, dentist may ask you to tie back synthetic hair braids or remove jewelry, particularly nose rings, mouth jewelry, or earrings with large hoops. This is especially important with panographic x-rays.
Dental x-rays are safe, for the reason that x-ray equipment quickly and accurately targets only a specific area of patient’s mouth. Besides, highly trained staff gives a patient a lead apron and collar to present additional protection. Modern technology effectively minimizes the amount of radiation and how long patient is exposed to it.
Radiation from a dental x-ray is very low, actually not much more than the normal background radiation of everyday life (household appliances, minerals in the ground, ultraviolet rays from the sun, airplane travel or high altitudes, etc.). And the benefits of using dental x-rays far outweigh the risks.