At Staten Island Dental Care, keeping our patients in excellent dental health is much easier when we have thorough information about their teeth and gums. Pictures are, indeed, worth a thousand words.
Pictures, in the form of x-rays, are more useful than written notes. They show us what’s going on below the surface of your teeth and gums. That’s why we like to have complete and up-to-date X-rays.
There are several types of x-rays:
- Bite-Wing x-rays give us a picture of the upper and lower back teeth. We can see how they touch each other and see if there is any decay.
- Panoramic x-rays give us the big picture: a view of the teeth, jaws and jaw joints, nasal area, and even the sinuses. These are especially useful if we think the patient may need orthodontics or a dental implant.
- Occlusal x-rays show us the floor of the mouth, and the bite of the upper or lower jaw. They’re good for showing the development of children’s teeth, both the baby and permanent teeth.
How often we take X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your dental health. Because children are growing and experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more frequently.
Since they use radiation, some patients are concerned about x-rays. But they are designed to minimize patient exposure; you only get negligible amounts. The latest generations of x-rays reduce radiation even more. Still, we take the added safety measure of covering the patient with a heavy leaded apron and collar.
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