You'll typically have x-rays taken of your teeth once a year, as these images are an important way for us to determine the health of your mouth.
However, with so many x-ray options available, you may be wondering if you need panoramic x-rays. By learning more about these helpful images, you can feel more comfortable with them at your next appointment.
Why Might You Need a Panoramic X-Ray?
Panoramic x-rays will provide a view of the entire mouth, including the jaw, the teeth, the temporomandibular joint, and the sinus cavity. They are a great tool when it comes to many potential concerns, some of which include:
Degenerative joint disease
If you are experiencing pain or other issues that can't be ruled out with an oral exam, we may call upon panoramic x-rays to determine the source of the problem. It is also important to note that dental x-rays use extremely low doses of radiation, so panoramic x-rays are perfectly safe.
Are There Other Types of X-Rays?
While panoramic x-rays might give a snapshot of your entire mouth, they don't let us see small problems like tiny cavities. In order to diagnose those types of issues, you may need a different type of x-ray:
Bite-wing. These x-rays can detect cavities found between the teeth, and they can also help us to identify periodontal disease by looking for signs of bone loss.
CT. This 3D imaging tool is most commonly used for dental problems like wisdom teeth, dental implants, and bone grafting.
Peri-Apical. If we need to check out the roots of your teeth to search for signs of an infection, a peri-apical x-ray might be the diagnostic imaging tool of choice.
Whether it is time for your next cleaning or you are experiencing a dental problem, we are here to help. Give our office a call today to set up your next appointment.