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Digital X-Rays

How Digital X-Rays Are Used in Dentistry

Digital X-Rays

X ray of Molars with decayThe use of digital X-rays in dentistry has many applications. Intraoral (inside the mouth) and Extraoral (outside the mouth) digital X-rays help dentists detect many dental problems in greater depth and detail.

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The Different Types of Digital X-Rays

Intraoral digital X-rays include:

  • Bite wing X-rays show details of the upper and lower teeth and look for cavities and gum disease and monitor bone density. They also are used to check fillings and crowns.
  • Periapical X-rays are used to show the full dimensions of the tooth from top to bottom, and its relation to the teeth around it on the upper or lower jaw. It also can check the bone and root structure for each tooth.
  • Occlusal X-rays reveal tooth placement and development on both the upper or lower jaw.

Extraoral digital X-rays cover a variety of angles.

  • Panoramic X-rays detail the upper and lower jaw in one shot and can show the position of emerging or impacted teeth and even help identify tumors.
  • Tomograms emphasize only a certain area of the mouth while other areas are blurred. This makes it easier to see small or difficult to access areas of the mouth.
  • Computed tomography (CT scans) shows the structure in three-dimensional pictures to help dentists find fractures or tumors within the facial structure or assess bone structure for complicated extractions or dental implants.
  • Sialography involves injecting dye into the salivary glands and observing the resulting images. Dentists may use this scan to look for issues with the salivary glands, such as a blockage or medical conditions like Sjögren’s syndrome.
  • Cephalometric projections provide images of the patient’s head from the side, to show teeth in relationship to the jaw and the profile of the patient. This is used by orthodontists to help develop treatment plans for their patients.

Who Needs Digital X-Rays?

  • With any new patient, the dentist will recommend a set of digital X-rays to assess the patient’s state of dental health and to see what is normal for that patient.
  • If there are any cavities discovered later, another set of X-rays may be needed to observe the rate of tooth decay, check for gum disease and check the overall development and growth of the patient’s teeth.
  • Adults will not need as many X-rays as growing children who are still developing their teeth and bones and are at higher risk of cavities.
  • Women who are pregnant or who think they might be pregnant should inform the dentist before any digital X-rays are taken. The dental assistant will provide a protective apron and thyroid collar to protect mother and child from any danger of radiation.
  • Women who are breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant no longer have to postpone X-rays.

All Smiles Dental uses the latest in digital X-ray technology to keep their patients healthy and happy. Please call (803) 356-0700 for more information or to set up an appointment.

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