Dental X-rays allow your dentist to see things in your mouth that are not readily visible. The X-ray will pass through your mouth, allowing your teeth and bones to absorb more of the ray than your gums and soft tissues, making your teeth appear lighter. X-rays are able to spot things like tooth decay and infection based on how the image looks. Sometimes, if X-rays shows something like tooth decay, your dentist may recommend veneers in Burr Ridge to make sure you can still have the smile you deserve.
What Are The Types Of Dental X-Rays?
There are different types of X-rays that record different views of your mouth. Your dentist will want to get all angles in order to spot anything that the naked eye wasn’t able to see. Some X-ray types include:
- Bitewing: These are meant to check for cavities between the teeth. You bite down on a special piece of paper so your dentist can see the match up of your crowns if you have any.
- Occlusal: This technique captures all teeth in one shot when your jaw is closed. It’s used to check how well your upper and bottom teeth line up and if there are any abnormalities with the floor of the mouth or palate.
- Panoramic: The panoramic technique is used when a machine rotates around your head to check for wisdom teeth, or look into jaw problems.
When Should I Get X-rays?
When you see your dentist bi-yearly for a checkup, X-rays should be included in the visit, even if they are taken just once a year, although everybody is different. It’s possible that the frequency of your X-rays depends on your medical and dental history, meaning some people may need an X-ray every 6 months whereas others might need them every couple of years. New patients will most likely get an X-ray so your dentist can establish a baseline record and then compare changes as you continue your visits.
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Dr. Morgan uses low-radiation digital X-rays that are a safe alternative to traditional X-rays, showing us everything we need to see in a quick and efficient manner. If you are a new patient with us and think you may need veneers in Burr Ridge, contact us today to learn the next steps, like receiving your first set of X-rays with us.