X-Ray Technology at Sun City Dental in El Paso Texas
Dental Radiographs are commonly called x-rays. We use the X-ray technology to find the susceptible tooth cavity, hidden tooth and bone structure. It helps to find hidden problems and assess the condition of the mouth.
Why would I need an x-ray?
Early tooth decay does not tend to show many physical signs. Sometimes a tooth may look healthy but we are able to see from an x-ray that the tooth has a hidden cavity, or it is showing bone loss or an infection. Finding and treating the cavity at an early stage can save both time and money and most importantly your tooth!
Types of X-ray:
X-rays are mainly divided into main categories
- Intraoral x-ray (here X-ray film is inside the mouth)
- Extraoral X-ray (X-ray film is outside the mouth)
These x-rays give high level of information and allow us to
- find hidden cavities and assess the tooth root
- check the bone strength around the tooth
- check the status of the erupting tooth
Various types of intraoral x-rays show different aspects of the teeth:
- Bite-wing X-rays (right)
- Periapical X-rays (left)
- Occlusal X-rays (right)
These are made with the film outside the mouth. It provides the additional information regarding the tooth such as complete jaw structure, skull bone, and facial structure.
Extraoral x-rays are used to:
- keep track of growth and development of facial bone
- check the status of the impacted wisdom/canine teeth
- helps to find the relationship between the teeth and jaw
Extraoral radiographs are less detailed compared to intraoral X-rays. Hence these are not used often to detect cavities and flaws in individual teeth.
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