While “X-Ray Vision” once fell into the realm of science fiction, today your Dentist can get a complete picture of your overall oral health through the use of sophisticated diagnostic X-Rays.
X-Rays use low levels of radiation — high-frequency light waves — to reveal different substances and conditions in your mouth which are recorded in pictures. Dentists typically use 4 types of X-Rays:
- Periapical X-Rays: This is an X-Ray providing complete side views from the roots to the crowns of the teeth. Usually a complete set consists of 14-24 films with each tooth appearing in two different films from two different angles.
- Bitewing X-Rays: Much like Periapical X-Rays except that only the crowns and part of the roots are seen for 2 or 3 adjacent teeth. Referred to as Bitewings because the X-Ray film holder provides a surface to bite down on and hold the X-Ray securely in place.
- Occlusal X-Rays: These are larger X-Rays which are designed to show the whole bite of the lower and upper jaw.
- Panoramic X-Rays: An X-Ray where the Panographic machine makes a 180 degree half circle from ear to ear to for a full-mouth picture of the teeth, upper and lower jaws on one film.
Equipped with these sharp digital images, your Dentists at The Smile Center can make all the marvels of 21st Century oral care a reality for you!