Dental Radiography: 3D Scan & X-rays
Dental Radiography - 3D Scan & X-rays.
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Dental X-rays (radiographs) are images of your teeth that help the dentists to evaluate your oral health and see the condition of your teeth, roots, jaws and facial bone composition. This can help your dentist to identify problems, like cavities, tooth decay, and impacted teeth.
X-rays may seem complex, but they’re actually very common tools that are just as important as your teeth cleanings as it helps to find problems that cannot be seen with an oral visual exam.
Finding and treating problems early in their development may save you money, avoid discomfort (if these problems are treated at a later time) and possibly even save your overall health.
If you’re a new patient, you’ll probably undergo dental X-rays so that your new dentist can get a clear picture of your dental health. This is especially important if you don’t have any X-rays copies from your previous dentist.
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Why are dental X-rays performed?
Dental X-rays are typically performed every 2 years. They can happen more often if your dentist is tracking the progress of a dental problem or treatment.
Factors affecting how often you get dental X-rays may include:
your current oral health
any symptoms of oral disease
a history of gum disease (gingivitis) or tooth decay
Children may need to have dental X-rays more often than adults because their dentists might need to monitor the growth of their adult teeth. This is important because it can help the dentist determine if baby teeth need to be pulled to prevent complications, such as adult teeth growing in behind baby teeth.
How much radiation is in a Dental X-Ray?
Modern, digital x rays are extremely low in radiation, unlike older x-ray machines. To Illustrate this point, we used this infographic to compare the radiation from dental x-rays to the radiation we are exposed to everyday:
What types of problems do X-rays help detect?
X-rays help your dentist diagnose problems in your teeth and jaws.
For adults, X-rays show:
Decay (dental caries), especially small areas of decay between teeth.
Decay beneath existing fillings.
Bone loss in the jaw.
Changes in the bone or root canal due to infection.
Condition and position of teeth to help prepare for tooth implants, braces, dentures or other dental procedures.
Cysts and some types of tumors.
For children, X-rays determine:
If decay is developing.
If there is enough space in the mouth to fit all incoming teeth.
If wisdom teeth are developing.
If teeth are impacted (unable to emerge through the gums).
What are the different types of dental X-rays?
There are two main types of dental X-rays:
intraoral (the X-ray film is inside the mouth)
extraoral (the X-ray film is outside the mouth).
Intraoral X-rays are the most common type of X-ray and could show different aspects of teeth such as:
Bitewing X-rays , Periapical X-rays , Occlusal X-rays
Extraoral X-rays are used to detect dental problems in the jaw and skull. There are several types of extraoral X-rays such as:
Panoramic X-rays show the entire mouth area (all the teeth in the upper and lower jaws in one single X-ray image). This X-ray detects the position of fully emerged or still groing teeth, can see impacted teeth and helps diagnosis tumors.
Cephalometric projections show an entire side of the head. This X-ray looks at the teeth in relation to the jaw and profile of the individual. Orthodontists use this X-ray to develop each patient’s specific teeth realignment approach.
Cone beam CT is a type of X-ray that creates 3-D images of dental structures, soft tissue, nerves and bone. It helps guide tooth implant placement and evaluates cysts and tumors in the mouth and face. It also can see problems in the gums, roots of teeth and the jaws.. The cone beam CT machine rotates around the patient’s head, capturing all data in one single rotation. It produces accurate and high-quality images
All dental radiography and imaging is available at ConfiDent Palm Dentist.
Be sure to commit to your appointments and see your dentist sooner if you experience any pain or other changes in your mouth or jaw.
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