The Importance of Dental X-Rays

The Importance of Dental X-Rays

Our top priority is always to provide the best possible dental care, but a visual inspection doesn’t always tell the complete story of your teeth. Dental x-rays allow us to diagnose and treat issues before they become serious problems. If a visual examination and x-rays reveal no abnormalities, you can rest assured your teeth are truly in good health.

Types of X-rays

Orobitg Dentistry offers the latest in digital x-ray imaging technology. The equipment used in digital radiography uses up to 90 percent less radiation than film X-rays. The imaging sensor used to capture the images of your teeth is connected to a computer, and those images can be viewed on the computer by Dr. Orobitg almost Immediately following your imaging procedure. This allows for quicker and more accurate treatment plans with less time spent waiting for films to process. It also makes it easier to share images when necessary, and is more environmentally friendly as no chemicals are used to develop the images.

These are the 3 most common types of dental x-rays

  1. Bitewing 

    A bitewing x-ray shows the crowns of each of your teeth, and is a useful tool to check for early signs of decay in between each tooth. Your dentist may take anywhere from two to four of these x-rays to get a complete map of your mouth.

  2. Periapical 

    This type of x-ray is commonly used to get a clear picture of your teeth’s bone height and the tips of their roots.

  3. Panoramic 

    A panoramic x-ray is taken from outside the mouth and creates an overall image of the entire mouth and sinus areas. Having that information in one image allows for easy identification of abnormalities like impactions, tumors, or bone irregularities.

Occlusal and cephalometric x-rays are two less-common types of radiographs and are sometimes used to evaluate developing teeth in children or when planning orthodontic treatment.

How Often are X-rays Needed?

Because everybody’s oral health varies, your particular radiography needs will have to be assessed individually. If you are a new patient, Dr. Orobitg may order a full series of x-rays or a panoramic image to assess your overall oral health as a baseline for the future.

Though x-rays do use radiation to create an image, digital x-ray imaging technology produces very little radiation and a leaded apron is used as an additional level of protection.

Advanced and Professional Care

Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD, offers more than two decades of dental experience to Leesburg, FL residents, and those in surrounding communities. He brings a warm and caring approach to your care and helps you fully understand what each procedure entails. For more information about x-ray imaging, or to schedule an appointment, contact the Dr. Orobitg at 352-702-4147 today.