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Dental X-Ray

Dental X-Rays are images of teeth, bones and surrounding tissues to screen for and help diagnose different kinds of oral problems. You essentially need to know these pictures prove of great use to find cavities and hidden dental structures (such as wisdom teeth) and bone loss that is not easy to see during manual examination. X-Rays might also be done as follow-up post dental treatments.

Smile 'n' Shine dental care centre is well equipped with premium Zero Radiation Digital X-Ray machine that allows minimum radiation exposure to patient and operator.

Some commonly used techniques for dental X-Rays are:

Bitewing X-Rays use the least amount of radiation as well as display the upper and lower back teeth in a single frame. Generally, they are used to detect decay between teeth and to show how well the upper and lower teeth line up. They also give the hint about bone loss that usually indicates the presence of critical gum disease or a dental infection.

Periapical X-Rays show the entire tooth from exposed crown to the end of root and bones which support the tooth. These X-Rays are used to identify different kinds of dental problems below the gum line or in the jaw, including the presence of impacted teeth.

Occlusal X-Rays show the upper and lower layer of mouth and are used to recognize the presence of extra teeth, which have not yet grown through the gums, jaw fractures, a crevice in roof of the mouth (cleft palate), cysts, abscesses, or growths (such as a tumor). Occlusal X-Rays may also be used to locate additional objects.

Why It Is Done X-Ray machine Dental X-rays are usually done to:

Diagnoses different kinds of problems in mouth like decay, bone damage (that support teeth) and other kinds of dental injuries (including broken tooth roots). Dental X-Ray is usually done to find these problems early before any symptom is seen.

This procedure also detects the teeth which are unusually placed or do not break through the gums properly. Teeth which are too crowded to come out of the gums are called impacted.

Detect cysts, solid growths (tumors), or abscesses caused by other dental problems.

It also evaluates the existence and location of permanent teeth growing in jaws of children who still have primary (or baby) teeth.

Plans cure for large or wide cavities, root canal surgery, placement of implants and difficult tooth extractions.

Plans treatment for naturally grown teeth which are not properly aligned (orthodontic treatment).

Without X-Rays, dentists might miss early stages of decay between teeth.

How to Prepare

You essentially need to inform dentist about pregnancy before going through X-Ray test, if having. Doctors postpone routine dental X-Rays during pregnancy to reduce the radiation exposure to developing baby (fetus). The risk is completely based on baby's stage of development. However, chances of harm to baby is very small but if X-Rays are essential to carry out, abdomen will be covered with a lead apron to shield baby from exposure to X-Rays.