Proper X-rays are always key to successful diagnosis and a necessary tool in helping to find the underlying cause of the problem.
At our office, digital X-rays are used in order to make sure low dosage radiation is being used and at the same time the highest quality of care is being delivered. Dental x-rays are pictures of the teeth, the bone, and the surrounding soft tissue and help in diagnosing the root cause of the dental problems. Usually, a full set of X-rays are taken at the initial appointment in order to give a comprehensive evaluation and follow up X-rays are taken every 6 months to a year as necessary in order to update the treatment plan, check on quality of work previously done, and help diagnose and detect newly formed decay or problems.
Types of X-Rays
There are different types of X-rays and a Panoramic X-ray will show the location of the wisdom teeth in addition to the relation of the adult and primary teeth in the mixed dentition phase. A Panoramic X-Ray can also help detect problems associated with the TMJ and even abnormalities in the mandible (the lower jaw bone). These problems include but are not limited to cancer of the jaw bone, abnormal cysts or infection, or tumors.
A Panoramic X-ray is also used by the surgeon before placement of implants to assess the quality of the bone. In addition, the Panoramic X-ray also is used to study the anatomical relation of the sinuses and the nerves prior to dental extractions. Digital X-rays are more detailed and have lower radiation compared to the conventional film X-rays and are easily stored and can be transferred to other dental professionals if needed in diagnostic aid.