When people think about dental x-rays, some imagine a small machine that takes a quick picture of their teeth. While this is partially true, there's much more to dental x-rays than that! Dental x-rays come in a few different varieties, each with its benefits and drawbacks.
The most common type of dental x-ray is the panoramic X-Ray. This type of scan is used to capture a complete view of your mouth, from the front to the back. It's perfect for checking cavities, wisdom teeth, and other dental problems. However, because it captures such a wide view of your mouth, it can also pick up on problems with your jawbone or sinuses.
Another common type of dental imaging is the bitewing X-Ray. The purpose of this kind is to examine your teeth more closely, particularly the spaces between them. It's excellent for finding cavities and other dental problems. However, it can't see as wide a range as the panoramic X-Ray can, so it could be better for checking for problems with your jaw or sinuses.
While dental imaging has been around for decades, there are still some misconceptions about them. Here are some of the most common wrong ideas about dental X-Ray:
Dental x-rays are very safe! The radiation you're exposed to during a dental scan is much lower than the amount you're exposed to daily from things like cell phones and computers.
Dental X-Ray don't show everything in your mouth – only the areas visible on the film. So if something in your mouth is not causing problems (like a wisdom tooth), it won't show up on a dental x-ray.
Panoramic dental x-rays should only be done every 3 – 5 years unless you're experiencing problems with your teeth or jawbone. Bitewing dental x-rays can be done more often, but it's best to talk to your dentist about how often you should get them done.
Another common misconception is that dental x-rays can only show cavities on the teeth. Dental X-Ray can show cavities between the teeth, on the roots of the teeth, and in other hidden areas of the mouth. So if you're worried about a dental problem, don't hesitate to get an X-Ray.
Panoramic X-Ray are dental imaging that shows a wider view of the head and neck. This type of X-Ray can detect problems with the jaw, sinuses, and other head and neck parts. So if you're having unexplained headaches or other issues, your dentist may recommend a panoramic x-ray.
We use dental imaging to show problems and potential problems in your teeth. It is one of the best tools we have to keep your mouth healthy! If you have questions or concerns, talk to your Premier dentist. We are committed to providing a safe, comfortable dental experience at all of our Premier Dental locations.