A Guide To Dental X-Rays

The Destination Dentistry Guide To Dental X-Rays

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.

Panoramic
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
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.

Periapical
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.

Full-Mouth Series
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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605-673-2011

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141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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Dr. Diana Latinow DDS, MSD
At Destination Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of dental services, including cosmetic and family dentistry, as well as sedation dentistry and TMJ treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment if you are in Custer or Black Hills area.
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