Smile Darmawangsa Dental Care provides Dental X-Ray services for its patients. Dental X-Rays show pictures of the teeth, bones and soft tissues of the patients and enable the dentists to find the problems around the patients’ teeth, mouth and jaw. The X-Ray pictures also show cavities, hidden dental structures, such as the wisdom teeth and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual examination. Dental X-Rays may also be done after dental treatments. Without X-Rays, dentists may miss the early stages of teeth decay.
Dental X-rays are conducted for the following purposes:
- Finding problems in the mouth such as tooth decay, damage to the bones supporting the teeth and dental injuries, such as broken tooth roots). Dental X-rays are often done to find these problems earlier, before any symptom appears.
- Finding teeth that are not in the right place or teeth that do not break through the gum properly. Teeth that are too crowded to break through the gums are called impacted teeth.
- Finding cysts, solid growths or tumors and abscesses.
- Checking the location of permanent teeth growing in children’s jaws while they are still having their primary (or baby) teeth.
- Planning treatment for large or extensive cavities, root canal surgery, placement of dental implants and difficult tooth removals.
- Planning treatment of teeth that are not lining up in the right position (orthodontic treatment).
Dental X-rays are scheduled when required and they will be based on your age, risk for disease and signs of disease. Dental X-rays use a small amount of radiation. The following types of dental X-rays are commonly used:
- Bitewing X-Rays show the upper and lower back teeth and how the teeth touch each other in a single view. These X-rays are used to check for decay between the teeth and to show how well the upper and lower teeth line up. They also show bone loss when severe gum disease or a dental infection is present. Bitewing X-rays are used during checkups to look for tooth decay.
- Periapical X-Rays show the entire tooth, from the exposed crown to the end of the root and the bones that support the tooth. These X-rays are used to find dental problems below the gum line or in the jaw, such as impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts, tumors, and bone changes linked to some diseases. A full-mouth series of periapical X-rays (about 14 to 21 X-ray films) are most often done during a person’s first visit to the dentist.
- Occlusal X-Rays show the roof or floor of the mouth and are used to find extra teeth, teeth that have not yet broken through the gums, jaw fractures, a cleft in the roof of the mouth (cleft palate), cysts, abscesses, or growths. Occlusal X-rays may also be used to find a foreign object.
- Panoramic X-Rays show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporo mandibular (jaw) joints. These X-rays are not used to find cavities. These X-rays do show problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumors), infections, and fractures. Panoramic X-rays may be used occasionally.
- Digital X-Ray is a new method being used in several dental offices. A small censor unit sends pictures to a computer to be recorded and saved. Digital dental radiographic imaging offers fast and accurate diagnostic tools, it takes dental imaging to a totally new level. Digital images from the CRANEX D are available in our clinic for immediate examination and diagnosis through advanced dental imaging software that also offers a wide range of tools and features.