Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? Today’s Cornertown Dentistry dental blog takes a look at dental X-rays.
If you have ever stood in a huge camera apparatus and struggled to stay still while an automated camera made one slow pass around your head, then you have had a panoramic X-ray taken. These pictures help dentists see everything in one image: the complete upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit to Cornertown Dentistry. They are useful for analyzing jaw injuries and seeing emerging teeth in children.
Bitewing X-rays help Doctor Johnson see what’s going on between teeth—something that is always required but impossible with a visual exam. They also help your dentist evaluate the jaw bone.
These are similar to bite wings but they can get a clearer picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are frequently used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.
This is a combination of periapical and bitewing X-rays. It gives a highly-detailed picture of all the teeth and the surrounding bone structure.
If you are a patient of Cornertown Dentistry and are worried about the safety of dental X-rays, we invite you to talk to our remarketable staff. We can explain all the precautions that we take to reduce radiation exposure and answer any questions you may have.
If you are pregnant and need a dental X-ray at Cornertown Dentistry, it is vital to let Doctor Johnson know this before X-rays are taken. X-rays are not necessarily dangerous for pregnant women, but they are often postponed until after delivery as a precaution. If you are pregnant but have a dental issue, call our office right away. We can be reached at 801.938.3466.
We hope you have learned a little bit about dental X-rays, one of Larry Johnson’s indispensable tools in providing unsurpassed dental care.
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