If you have ever been to the dentist before, you have probably had x-rays taken of your teeth. They are sometimes done during a regular six-month checkup or as a way to identify a particular problem, such as the cause of tooth pain. Dental x-rays give your dentist a detailed look at the condition of your teeth and the surrounding bone, which can help prevent severe conditions and bone loss.
Types of Dental X-Rays
These dental x-rays are used more frequently than others. Bitewing x-rays get their name from the wing-shaped appliance that patients bite down on to hold them in place. They are excellent for diagnosing cavities (caries) between the back teeth and checking the bone level.
These x-rays are designed to take an image of a tooth from the crown to the tip of the root. Periapical x-rays are typically reserved for examining a specific tooth to either detect the cause of a problem or as a follow-up measure. It can be used to check for infection, decay, and bone irregularities.
Panoramic x-rays take a single image of the entire mouth, including both the top and bottom teeth. These are usually only required by the dentist every few years, but they can also be necessary when preparing for orthodontic care.
X-Rays and Radiation
While digital x-rays are becoming more and more prevalent in dentistry, film x-rays are still used in some practices. There are strict regulations to prevent overexposure to radiation, but many patients are still uneasy about the risks associated with traditional x-rays. Fortunately, at Dental Studio of Jersey City, Dr. Christine Chung uses low-radiation, digital x-rays for safe and effective dental imaging. Digital x-rays also allow dentists to zoom in and adjust the image for an optimal view of the treatment area.
If you would like to learn more about digital x-rays or schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Christine Chung, please call (551)222-4493.