By now you probably understand the importance of needing to go to the dentist for a routine dental cleaning. Routine cleanings allow dentists to keep tabs on your oral health and can detect any issues before they become big problems down the road. But perhaps you aren’t sure why you also occasionally receive dental x-rays during these cleanings or during an initial appointment. At All Pro Dental, we’re here to explain the rationale behind why it’s so important that we use dental x-rays during patient visits.
First things first, there are a few different types of x-rays you may be subject to depending on your oral health needs and the dental office you attend. The most common are bitewing, periapical and panoramic x-rays — all of which allow the dentist and hygienists to observe your teeth and jaw from different angles and perspectives. The bitewing x-rays are normally used for taking images of the top (or crown) of your teeth, while periapical show the height and roots of your teeth, and the panoramic (taken from the side of the mouth) is used to assess your bite, bone irregularities, jaw issues or tumors. If you are a new patient, all dental offices will start off with taking a series of x-rays while subsequent future appointments may not require x-rays at all, or just a few.
While a visual inspection of your oral cavity is important, sometimes dental hygienists and doctors might not be able to see what lies underneath. There may be signs (bleeding gums, receding gums, cracked teeth, etc) of underlying issues, but it is often difficult to make a full diagnosis without consulting x-rays. Dental x-rays can help our staff at All Pro Dental detect the following:
Have you received a dental x-ray recently? If not, contact All Pro Dental today and request an appointment so that you have up-to-date dental x-rays.