X-rays – also known as radiographs – are a diagnostic tool used in dentistry to help our dentists evaluate your oral health.

X-rays are particularly useful as they identify problems that are not visible to the naked eye. The purpose of X-rays in dentistry is to help dentists detect and diagnose dental issues such as:

  • Decay (cavities) between teeth, in the roots, or under existing fillings or crowns.
  • Abscesses or infections in the jaw or tooth roots.
  • Tumours, cysts, or other abnormal growths in the jaw or teeth.
  • Impacted teeth, such as wisdom teeth that are growing in at an angle.
  • Damage to the jaw or teeth from injury or trauma.
  • Bone loss caused by gum disease or other conditions.
  • The position and development of teeth, especially in children and teenagers.
  • The presence of any foreign objects, such as a lost filling or crown.

There are different types of dental X-rays, including:

  • Bitewing X-rays: which show the upper and lower teeth on one side of the jaw.
  • Periapical X-rays: which show the entire tooth, from the crown to the root.
  • Panoramic X-rays: which show a wide view of the entire mouth, including the upper and lower jaws, teeth, sinuses, and jaw joints.
  • Cephalometric X-rays: which are used to study the growth and development of the jaw and teeth.

It’s important to note that the frequency of X-rays will depend on the patient’s age, oral health and the risk of dental problems.

Our dentists will use the minimum amount of radiation necessary to make a diagnosis and protect the patient’s safety.

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