At your dental appointments, we rely on x-ray imaging to help us better understand the health of your teeth. These images provide vital information that we may not be able to obtain by simply examining your mouth. These are some of the most common dental x-rays available.
Some of the most common dental x-rays are the bite-wings. These images show details of both the upper and lower teeth specific to one area of the mouth, so we will likely take several photos. They are helpful in detecting decay found between the teeth, and they can also show changes in bone thickness that may be the result of gum disease. If you are in need of a crown or other type of restoration, we might also use bite-wings to determine a proper fit.
If we are in need of an image of your entire tooth, we may go for a periapical x-ray. This image will show everything from the root to the crown. They are typically used to show changes in the root and surrounding jaw bone structures.
A panoramic x-ray is a type of extra-oral x-ray – something that detects dental problems within the jaw and skull. These images show the entire mouth area in one single image. This includes both the lower and upper teeth and jaws. We'll be able to see any impacted wisdom teeth, and these images are also useful in the diagnosis of oral tumors.
An occlusal x-ray is similar to a bite-wing. It helps to track placement and development of an entire arch of teeth. They are most often used in pediatric dentistry to determine the location of teeth that have yet to break through the gums.
Are you interested in what types of x-rays you'll need at your next appointment? Call us today to learn more.