Everyone knows that brushing and flossing is an essential part of maintaining a healthy mouth. It’s also important to routinely visit the dentist who will monitor the health of your teeth and gums and educate you on how to take care of your teeth properly. During these visits, your exams may be accompanied by x-rays or other types of imaging. Imaging allows us to make a more accurate diagnosis and develop treatment plans specific to your needs. At Allen Dental Studio, there are several types of dental imaging that we may use.
X-rays are the most common type of dental imaging used, and digital x-rays are great because they don’t expose you to nearly as much radiation as x-rays on film. The images provided by digital x rays are available on a computer within minutes, allowing the dentist to enlarge them and look at different views to identify any abnormalities in the mouth and teeth.
Intraoral cameras are another common type of dental imaging that allows the dentist a clear view of the interior of the mouth. The small, pen-like tool that takes high-definition pictures. Its small size makes it easy for the dentist to operate the camera in the mouth and reach cavities that are often difficult to see with just the eyes. Intraoral cameras also take images at different angles for a comprehensive evaluation. While the dentist takes the images with the intraoral camera, they are projected on a screen where the patient can see them as well.
Reasons for X-rays
There are many different reasons for your dentist to use dental x-rays. One of the most common is to check the teeth for cavities or to evaluate the severity of the decay. X-rays are also used to identify impacted wisdom teeth, bone loss due to gum disease, and the presence of cysts or abscesses in the mouth.
If you are in the Allen, TX area and would like to learn more about how Allen Dental Studio used dental x-rays and digital imaging to provide better, more comprehensive dental care, please give us a call today at (469) 293-2007.