Some dental problems cannot be seen with the naked eye, even if you are an expert. For situations like these, dental x-rays are very helpful. Dental X-rays are taken to help see detailed images of specific sections of your mouth and teeth. This can help us find cavities, tooth decay and other tooth-related problems.
Dental X-rays are usually performed annually, or more often if your dentist is tracking a problem or treatment. If you’re a new patient, you will likely get dental X-rays done so that your new dentist can see how healthy your teeth are.
Children usually have dental X-rays performed more often than adults because their teeth are still growing. Dental X-rays can help a dentist determine if baby teeth need to be pulled or what action needs to be taken to prevent future complications.
There are different types of dental X-rays, including:
- Bitewing X-rays- these allow the dentist to see how well the crowns of your teeth match up on your upper and lower teeth.
- Periapical X-rays - these cover two complete teeth from root to crown.
- Occlusal X-rays -these show how the upper teeth and corresponding lower teeth fit together when the jaw is closed.
- Panoramic X-rays - these give a broad view of the entire mouth. For these images, the X-ray machine will rotate around your head.
X-rays aren't typically needed at every dental visit. The radiation levels are so low that they are considered safe for children and adults.
Digital X-rays, rather than those developed on film, have even low radiation exposure. We will also place a lead vest across your chest and abdomen to prevent any unnecessary radiation exposure to your organs.
Pregnant women are generally asked not to have dental X-rays until after their child is born. There is no conclusive evidence that dental X-rays can harm for unborn children, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Our dentists or dental hygienist will guide you through each step of the X-ray process. He or she will step out of the room briefly while the X-ray images are being taken. You need to hold still while the pictures are recorded.
After your X-rays are taken, we will review them and check for any problems. We will then discuss the results with you.
If we find problems, such as cavities or tooth decay, we will discuss your treatment options.
Do you remember the last time you had dental X-rays taken? If it’s been a year or more, then you definitely need to have them taken. Please call (949) 760-0363 and schedule an appointment today with our experienced dentists to have your dental X-rays taken (and any other needed dental care). Don’t put this off any longer as you may have dental problems that you are not aware of.