Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? Today’s Cincinnati dental blog takes a look at dental x-rays.
If you have ever struggled to stay motionless while an automated camera made one slow pass around your head, then you have had a panoramic x-ray taken of your mouth. These pictures let dentists see everything in one image: the complete upper and lower jaw. During a patient’s first visit to Endres Gateway Dentistry, dentists often take x-rays to evaluate jaw injuries and emerging teeth.
Bitewing x-rays allow Dr. Endres to see what’s going on between teeth–something that is impossible with a visual exam–and evaluate your jawbone.
Similar to bite wings, periapical x-rays take a clearer picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are typically used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.
A full-mouth series consists of a combination of periapical and bitewing x-rays. These x-rays provide a comprehensive picture of all the teeth and surrounding bone structure.
Worried about the safety of dental x-rays? We invite you to meet with our friendly staff. We’ll explain all the precautions we take to reduce radiation exposure and answer any questions you may have.
Are you pregnant? It is essential to let our staff know this before x-rays are taken. X-rays are not necessarily dangerous for pregnant women, but they are often postponed until after delivery as a precaution. If you are pregnant but have a dental issue, call our office right away. We can be reached at 513-791-8880.
We hope you have learned a little bit about dental x-rays, one of our indispensable tools. Check back often for more information at Endres Gateway Dentistry.
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