Dr. Schultz and her team use the latest in digital x-ray technology. Digital x-rays allow us to see your teeth, bone, and supporting structures in much greater detail than conventional film, while also significantly reducing your exposure to radiation. Dr. Schultz will examine your digital x-rays to detect signs of decay, bone loss, cavities, tumors, cysts, and other dental concerns.
Digital x-rays are an important part of any dental treatment plan. “X-rays can help diagnose dental issues before they become a more serious problem, allowing us to see things that we may not be able to see in the mouth. Routine check-up x-rays are important to obtaining and maintaining the health of your teeth, bone, and joints.
Dr. Schultz uses digital x-rays to detect many issues in the mouth, as well as to:
- Detect cavities
- Detect infection
- Examine the roots of teeth
- Examine the bony area around the teeth
- Check for periodontal disease
- Monitor overall health of teeth
There are two main categories of x-rays: intraoral and extraoral. Intraoral x-rays are taken inside of the mouth, while extraoral x-rays are taken outside of the mouth. Intraoral x-rays are commonly taken because they show a high level of detail related to the teeth and bone.
Types of Digital Radiographs
Along with the intraoral and extraoral categories, x-rays can also be separated into different types. Some of the most common types of x-rays ordered by dental professionals include:
- Bitewing: offers a view of both the upper and lower posterior (back) teeth, which helps to determine if decay (cavity) is present.
- Periapical: provides a visual of the entire tooth, from the crown (top) to the apex (bottom).
- Panoramic: offers a view of the teeth, nasal area, sinuses, jaw, and joints.
- Occlusal: shows the floor of the mouth, and is sometimes used to view teeth in pediatric patients (kids).
What to Expect with Digital Radiographs
When we take digital intraoral x-rays, you will be covered with a lead apron. This will help protect your body from any radiation. A small plastic apparatus will then be placed in your mouth, and you will be asked to bite down on it. This piece helps to hold the x-ray sensor in place. The x-ray will then be taken by a dental assistant or hygienist. This process may be repeated until all necessary x-rays have been taken.
X-rays are safe, and expose patients to minimal radiation. When all necessary precautions are taken, modern x-ray equipment allows the dentist to target the x-ray beam on a specific area of the mouth, thereby eliminating any unnecessary radiation. Contact us today for more information!