The Importance of X-rays In Dentistry

When it comes to diagnosing dental problems, you want a Phoenix dentist that is sure of what he sees.

Since not all issues are obvious just by looking at a tooth, the best dentist relies on added digital x-ray images to help spot dental issues and treat them early. Depending on the situation at hand, we may use more than one type of radiograph to reach the proper diagnosis.

Bitewing X-Rays

During your oral exam, our Phoenix dentist checks for cavities. But we can’t see between your teeth. Since it’s a common area for people to develop decay, we rely on bitewings x-rays to show us what our eyes can’t. These images reveal the body of the tooth and allow us to measure how deep the cavity is.

As a rule of thumb, we take a set of bite-wing x-rays on each patient once per year. In children with primary teeth, this requires two quick images, and on adults, we take four. Taking routing radiographs like this help us to stay on top of your dental issues.

Periapical Image

On occasion, a cavity is so widespread that it entirely visible on a couple of bite-wing x-rays. In this case, we can use a periapical image to see what is happening underneath the gum tissue and bone. With this radiograph, we’ll examine the entire body of the tooth, the nerve, its canals, and the roots.

Known commonly as a “P.A.,” these types of x-rays are extremely useful when diagnosing a dental abscess and determining if root canal therapy is needed. Also, if considering an extraction, this image will show us the size and shape of tooth’s roots, helping us decide how to proceed.

Panorex/Panoramic Film

A “pano” x-ray is a single, 2-dimensional image that shows us everything from your nose to your chin.

In children, we use a panorex to count and make sure that all permanent teeth are present. We can also check for potential issues that may require us to intervene with orthodontics. Doing so will oftentimes help get things moving along the right path.

In young adults, we use panoramic images to see wisdom teeth and determine if they should stay or its best to extract them.

Adults sometimes need them as well, especially if considering dental implants or full mouth reconstruction.

A CT/Cat-Scan

A cat-scan is state of the art imagery that you’ll only find in the best dental practices. With this highly advanced technology, we can spot tumors, cysts, sinus infections, and bone fractures among other things using 3D imaging.

When considering dental implants, a CT scan is an invaluable tool that’s used to measure the jaw bone, check its density, and determine if, how many, and what size implants can be placed.

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Central Valley Dentistry uses the latest resources available to diagnose your dental condition, get your smile healthy, and keep it that way. When you visit our office, you’ll see why others have chosen our practice as their go-to dentist in Phoenix.

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