Because we care about maintaining your smile, dental x-rays are an indispensable adjunct to your clinical records. By taking them periodically we safeguard your dental health, to detect any changes or conditions early before they become big problems.
X-rays are an extremely important part of your dental evaluation, and they are vital to proper diagnosis and prevention of disease. The kinds of x-rays needed are based upon your age, your medical history, a thorough examination of the mouth, a TMJ evaluation, and an examination of the health of your gums.
A panorex x-ray shows a broad view of the jaw, teeth, sinuses, nasal area and TMJ. It shows problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, infections and fractures.
- Bite Wings
Bite wings x-rays show the upper and lower back teeth. These x-rays are used primarily to check for decay between the teeth. They also show bone loss when periodontal disease or a dental infection is present. Most frequently a bite wing is taken on each side of the mouth.
Periapicals x-rays show the entire tooth from the exposed crown to the end of the root and the bones that support the tooth. These are used to find problems below the gum line in the jaw such as impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts, tumors and bone changes linked to some diseases.
- CT Scan/Cone Beam Computerized Tomography
CT scan or cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT) shows the body’s interior structures as a three-dimensional image. CBCT is often performed in a hospital or imaging center, but is increasingly being used in the dental office to identify facial bone problems and for dental implant placement procedures. CBCT can also assist in the recognition of challenging tooth extractions to avoid possible complications during and after surgical procedures.