Dental x-rays are an essential tool used by Dr. Bridges and Dr. Buckner to view problems such as bone loss, tumors, decay, abscesses and developmental abnormalities. Thanks to modern, digital x-rays and lead aprons which are worn when your x-rays are being taken, you are not exposed to any more radiation than you are exposed to just being outside in the sunshine.
There are four types of x-rays that may be taken in our office:
Bitewing X-Rays: These x-rays view in between the teeth for cavities and are typically taken at every visit starting around age 4.
Panoramic X-Rays: This is a single image of the entire mouth and provides a flat representation of the jaw’s otherwise curved structure, making it easier to analyze. Pano x-rays are usually taken every 2-3 years unless a developmental concern is identified, in which case it could be more often.
Periapical X-Rays: This type of x-ray views the crowns and roots of one to three adjacent teeth and shows the teeth’s bone structure. Periapical x-rays can view permanent teeth as they are growing under baby teeth. They can also check for abscesses and gum disease. Periapical x-rays are used for diagnostic purposes when specific problems exist or are expected.
Occlusal X-rays: These x-rays are used to view upper and lower teeth on one film and are commonly used for children who find it difficult to do bitewings, and in other diagnostic scenarios.