Top 10 Reasons to Get Dental X-rays
Dental X-rays, also known as (radiographs) are the images of your teeth that your dentist uses to assess your oral health. The images are taken using low levels of radiation in order to help your dentist to identify and treat various issues. Radiographs are not as complex as they seem to be, they’re actually common and are just as important as teeth cleanings.
There are several types of dental x-rays that work differently in monitoring your oral health. Vita Dental Spring shows you ways in which x-rays are important in helping to detect and prevent oral issues.
To Spot Decay and Infections
Bitewing x-rays are used to reveal decay or abscess between teeth and changes in bone density. The bitewing shows a tooth from its crown to the level of the supporting bone. It also helps to check between the tooth and gum for tumors or any changes in the root canal.
To Reveal Impacted Teeth
Panoramic x-rays can be used to check on impacted teeth, unexplained bleeding, or migrating teeth. It’s a dental x-ray examination that captures the whole mouth in one image that can help physicians diagnose correctly. It also provides valuable information about sinuses and other bone abnormalities.
To Detect Abnormalities of The Root
Periapical x-rays show the whole tooth length from the crown to the end of the root to where the tooth is anchored in the jaw. Each periapical x-ray includes all the teeth in one allotment of either the upper or lower jaw. This kind of radiography is used to detect any deformities of the surrounding bone and root structure.
Identify and Prevent Full Blown Cavities
A patient who had an early cavity during a previous visit and is now regularly brushing and flossing, an x-ray can be useful to confirm that the decay is not developing. In some cases, dentists could advise on a procedure known as CT Scans which provide 3-D x-ray images of the teeth, roots, skull, and jawbone.
To Develop a Treatment Plan
Radiographs are a vital part of any dental care treatment plan. They can be diagnostic and preventative in a way that it helps a dentist to identify a potential oral care issue in a patient’s mouth before it becomes a major problem. Dentists at Vita Dental Spring use Cephalometric projections which is a type of an extraoral x-ray which shows the entire side of the head. This is important for examining the teeth in connection to the jaw and profile of the individual. It’s mostly used by orthodontists to help them develop their treatment plans.
See Status of growing Teeth
Children need x-rays more often than adults because their jaws and teeth are not fully developed. Occlusal x-rays show full tooth placement and development by revealing the entire arch of teeth either on the upper or lower jaw. As teeth grow, x-rays are important in making sure that the mouth is large enough to accommodate incoming teeth.
Check for Development of Wisdom Teeth
X-rays are also able to detect the growth of wisdom teeth and to monitor if the teeth have been unable to emerge through the gums. It also helps to determine whether the primary teeth are being lost quickly enough.
Identify Gum Disease in Pregnant Women
There are instances where pregnant women should have dental x-rays carried out. Women who have periodontal disease are at a higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, therefore teeth should be checked at this point. It is crucial that you discuss the issue with your dentist so that you balance both your dental and prenatal health. The dental assistant will ensure that you wear a lead apron and a lead collar for the thyroid to help protect exposed body parts from harmful radiation.
Identify Placement of Implants
A CT scan shows the body’s interior structures as a three-dimensional(3-D) image. This type of x-ray can be performed in a hospital, radiology center, or a dental clinic to identify issues such as tumors or fractures in the bones of the face. The scans can also be used to assess the bone for the positioning of dental implants and difficult extractions. This will help the surgeon avoid any likely complications during and after a clinical procedure.
To Look for Salivary Gland Problems
Sialography is an x-ray procedure that involves the examination of the salivary glands by injecting a dye then followed by the usual x-ray projections. Dentists may request for this type of test to look for problems in the salivary glands such as blockages. These glands are responsible for releasing saliva in the mouth which is important in breaking down carbohydrates and neutralizing acidity in the mouth.
We at Vita Dental Spring, are committed to ensuring that our patients, be it children, pregnant mothers, or adults have a dental experience that is safe and comfortable. An x-ray examination twice a year is enough, but it all depends on your individual requirements and the dentist’s recommendations.