At Dental Health Care Center, we use digital dental x-rays for our radiographs. A dental x-ray allows the dentist to see detailed images of your mouth and allow dentists to diagnose certain problems that can not be seen by the naked eye, including: cavities, bone infections, types of benign and malignant tumors, bone loss and impacted wisdom teeth.
Various types of dental x-rays are available, including:
- Periapical: This type of x-ray allows the dentist to see the entire tooth and the surrounding bone.
- Bitewing: This type of x-ray allows the dentist to see the crowns of the upper and lower teeth. During a bitewing x-ray, you’ll bite down on the x-ray film holder while the x-ray images are being taken. Routinely taken once per year at your hygiene check-ups.
- Panoramic: This type of x-ray gives the dentist a broad view of the entire mouth. It is recommended to have a full mouth series or panoramic x-ray every 3-5 years.
- Full Series: A combination of periapical and bitewing x-rays taken at our new patient visits and every 3-5 years thereafter.
Our doctors and team will discuss the digital radiographs needed at your appointment and help answer any questions you might have regarding digital imaging.