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Types of dental X – Rays

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Types of dental X – Rays
What exactly are dental x-rays what are they used for? Are they such an important preventative and diagnostic tool for the dental professional?
There are many different types of dental x-rays and they all have different purposes. In this article are presented the most important parts of dental X-Rays.

How Are X-rays Performed?
Dental x-rays are taken with you sitting upright in a chair.
The dental technician will place a lead apron over your chest and wrap a thyroid collar around your neck.
The x-ray sensor or film will be placed in your mouth for the picture.
Most patients do not have any problems or discomfort when taking x-rays.

Bitewing X-rays:
Bitewings are typically taken every year help detect dental caries between your teeth as well as to check the bone level that houses your teeth.

Periapical X-rays:
This type of x-ray takes a full tooth picture from the very top of the tooth to the very tip of the root. Periapical x-rays are usually taken when you are having symptoms with a specific tooth or as a follow-up to a procedure.

Occlusal X-rays:
These specialized x-rays are not as routinely used as the others, but can provide very valuable information. They are typically used to show the roof or floor of the mouth and to check for things like extra teeth, impacted teeth, abnormalities, issues with the jaw, and any solid growths, such as tumors.

Panoramic X-rays:
A panorex x-ray is taken every 3-5 years but can also be taken by your orthodontist in preparation of braces and by an oral surgeon in preparation for surgery, such as extracting your wisdom teeth.

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