Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? This blog post from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD takes a look at one of our most important tools for maintaining your dental health: X-rays.
If you have ever stood in a huge camera apparatus and struggled to stay motionless 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 total upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit to Destination Dentistry. They are beneficial for analyzing jaw injuries and seeing emerging teeth in children.
Bitewing X-rays help us see what’s going on between teeth—something that is always necessary, but impossible with a visual exam. They also help your us evaluate the jaw bone.
These are similar to bite wings but they can get a more distinct picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are typically 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 surrounding bone structure.
If you are pregnant and need a dental X-ray at Destination Dentistry, it is important to let us know before X-rays are taken. X-rays are not necessarily dangerous for pregnant women, but as a precaution we may postpone them until after delivery.
We hope you have learned a little bit about dental X-rays, one of our indispensable tools at Destination Dentistry in Custer SD. Your dental health is always our top concern. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.
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