Dental X-ray scans allow dentists to get a clear view of interior of teeth and gums. It helps them in detecting the extent of damage caused to the tooth, enabling them to plan the treatment accordingly. Dental X-rays are completely safe for children and adults as they have very low levels of radiation.
Types Of Dental X-Rays
There are 3 main types of dental X-rays that are performed based on the age, current oral health, symptoms and history of patient’s tooth decay:
- Digital X-rays: These X-rays are very safe and convenient. The level of radiation required in digital X-rays is significantly lower as compared to that of traditional X-rays. Diagnosis achieved through digital X-rays is considered to be accurate and highly consistent due to different viewing angles it allows.
- Panoramic X-rays: Panoramic X-rays show the entire mouth in a single image. The X-rays are taken from outside your mouth. They are ideal for planning orthodontic treatment and for evaluating growth and development of teeth. With the help of panoramic X-rays it becomes easier to detect a variety of problems associated with teeth such as abscess, tumors, jaw disorders, bone irregularities, un-erupted teeth, changes in the root-canal, etc.
- Intra-oral Camera: These cameras are used in cases where the dentist wants close-up images of the teeth. They were first used in 1989 and are now an intrinsic part of dental care and treatment. The camera produces high quality close-up of the problem areas thus facilitating best treatment option for the condition.
How Often Should The X-Rays Be Taken?
The frequency of these X-rays will depend on the patient’s oral health. New patients are often recommended to get a full series of X-rays. As dental visits progress and oral problems decline, the frequency of X-rays also reduces.
Benefits Of Dental X-Rays
- Help detect diseases and damage that cannot be detected during regular dental exam.
- They are completely safe due to less exposure to radiation.
- No discomfort is experienced when taking the X-ray.
- Easy to use and efficient.
- Larger image of specific areas can be taken by zooming in.
- Covered by most dental insurance plans. This makes it easier to get the highest quality of dental care.
- Helps the patient in making more informed decision about dental care required.
- Helpful in detecting the development of wisdom tooth and planning its extraction.
- Preventing future complications.
Schedule an appointment with the dentists at Enamel Dentistry. For more information, visit us at either of our clinics at 2717 S Lamar Blvd #1086 Austin, TX 78704 ((512) 717-5315) or at 1606 E Parmer Ln. Suite #125 Austin, TX 78753 ((512) 572-0215)