Dental x-rays are a form of radiography. It is pictures of the jaw, teeth and other aspects of oral health. They can show wisdom teeth, cavities and things like bone loss that can't be seen in a regular dental exam. Additionally, they can be used to plan treatment for teeth that are not straight, extensive cavities, root canal surgery, tooth removals and more. Dental x-rays are important based on your age, risk for disease and signs of disease. Some different forms of dental x-rays are:
- Periapical x-ray which shows the entire tooth. They're used to find problems below the gums such as tumors, impacted teeth, abscesses and more. Often done during a person's first dental visit.
- Bitewing x-ray shows the lower and upper back teeth and the way they align. They're used to find problems such as tooth decay and misalignment of the teeth or bone loss. Often done during check ups to look for tooth decay.
- Occlusal x-ray show the top and bottom of your mouth. They're used to find teeth that may not've come through the gums, jaw fractures, cleft palates, growths and more.
- Panoramic x-rays show a wide view of the entire lower face. Including jaw and jaw joints, nasal area, teeth, and sinuses. They're used to find infections, fractures, impacted teeth, bone abnormalities and more. Used occasionally.
Without x-rays, you might miss the early stages of tooth decay or other oral problems. Take preventative measures today! Call or visit Rainbow Dental Centre in Angus, Ontario for more information or to schedule a dental x-ray.