The most common type of Xray used in Dentistry is called Intraoral Xray. The main function of these types of Xrays is to find cavities, look into the tooth, help determine the health of the tooth by providing detail of the root as well as the bone surrounding it. In younger patients, dentists can check on the progress of teeth growth and monitor the overall development teeth and jawbone growth. Depending on the specialty, dentists will also use Extraoral Xrays where the entire skull may be shown and may in a more general way show things like impacted teeth and any potential problems with the jaw and the teeth and a specific condition known as TMJ – Temporomandibular Disorders.
There are also different types of Intraoral Xrays. Bite-Wing Xrays are used to show decay in the teeth and any changes in bone density caused by gum disease. These types of Xrays are also used to look at the proper fit of dental crowns before and after the procedure. Periapical Xrays are used to get a fuller picture of a set of teeth, primarily in quadrants in order to analyze how well the teeth are anchored into the jawbone and how they are growing in proportion to each other. Finally, Occlusal Xrays are larger and show the entire row of teeth from either the upper half or lower half of the mouth.
Modern technology in the dental space nowadays includes Digital Xrays. Digital X-rays use electronic sensors to take high-quality images of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Compared to traditional dental radiography, digital X-rays provide a number of important benefits. Digital X-rays emit less radiation, making them safer for your smile. The images taken by digital X-rays are also quickly available on our computer monitors, allowing us to share with you comprehensive information about your smile and what needs to be done to improve your oral health