Dentists use X-rays to see below the surface of a patient’s teeth, gums, and surrounding bones and check for a variety of problems. Patients of all ages need to have regular dental X-rays to check for signs of tooth decay or cavities, as well as any problems with the jaw or wisdom teeth. By taking X-rays, dentists can see how permanent teeth are growing in and also assess whether or not a patient needs orthodontic treatment.
Dental X-rays use small amounts of radiation and are very safe and effective in finding dental problems before they get too severe. Everyone should visit a dentist at least twice a year and some individuals may need to have X-rays taken every year. To schedule an appointment with an experienced Austin dentist, contact BridgeView Dental today at 512-347-8299.
Types of Dental X-Rays
Dentists recommend that adult patients get Bitewing X-rays every two to three years while children should get them every one to two years. Patients should also get a Panoramic X-ray every two to five years in order to catch potentially dangerous oral health problem. Other common types of X-rays include:
- Periapical – these X-rays reveal the whole tooth from crown to root and even the bones that hold the tooth. These x-rays are often used to find problems below the gums.
- Occlusal – this type of X-ray shows the roof and / or floor of the mouth. These typically are used to find extra teeth.
- 3D X-Ray – using state-of-the-art technology, this kind of X-ray allows dentists to create a three-dimensional visual representation of the mouth and jaw areas. This allows dentists to spot any potential issues earlier than ever before.
Be sure to tell your dentist if you are pregnant before receiving any dental X-rays, as radiation could potentially harm your baby.
Our team is dedicated to providing clients with superior dental care. For more information on dental X-rays, or to schedule an appointment, contact the Austin cosmetic dentists at BridgeView Dental today at 512-347-8299.