Getting an x-ray of your teeth is often a routine procedure when you visit the dentist. However, you may wonder what x-rays are supposed to look for, who is more likely to get regular x-rays, and what types of dental x-rays are available.
What Do Dental X-Rays Look For?
X-rays create an image of the parts of your mouth the dentist can’t see. Dental x-rays are used to look for:
- Decay under tooth enamel, fillings, or between teeth
- Infection in the tooth root
- Jaw bone loss
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Cysts and tumors
Who Has Their Mouth X-Rayed Regularly?
Some individuals are more susceptible to decay and other oral health problems. For this reason, these individuals are more likely to have their mouths x-rayed regularly. These people include:
- Adults with a lot of restorative work
- Individuals with gum disease
- Those who have a dry mouth
What Types Of Dental X-Rays Are There?
Different x-rays serve different purposes in both the medical and dental industries. The types of x-rays commonly seen in a dentist’s office include:
- Bitewing: This type looks for cavities in the back teeth and works by having the patient bite down on an x-ray film.
- Periapical: This one only examines 2-3 teeth at a time and focuses on their roots.
- Occlusal: This x-ray allows the dentist to analyze how the upper and lower teeth fit when the mouth is closed.
- Panoramic: This x-ray machine rotates around your head to create a full picture of your jawbone and teeth.
- Cone Beam CT: This type creates a 3D image of your mouth, but isn’t used very often.
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