X-ray images in dental practice are one of the most important investigations that a dentist does for keeping your mouth and teeth healthy. As he or she knows how the structure of the mouth look normally on an X-ray film, the dentists is able to diagnose problems in the teeth and jaws. X-ray can aid to diagnose certain dental problems in initial stages and allow planning of treatment accordingly. There are various types of dental X-rays (extraoral and intraoral X-rays). These help to look at different aspects of the teeth and jaw. Your dentist may recommend Bite-wing X-rays, Periapical X-rays, Panoramic X-rays, Orthodontic X-rays (also called cephalometric or lateral skull), depending on what he or she wants to look at.
A dental radiograph in an adult shows;
X-rays assist your dentist to plan and prepare for procedures such as tooth implants, orthodontic treatments, dentures.
A dental radiograph in a child shows;
X-ray can aid to diagnose certain dental problems in initial stages and allow planning of treatment accordingly.
How Often Should Your Teeth Be X-rayed?
Most people do not require X-ray on a regular basis. If you have a dental problem your dentist may advise X-rays on a regular basis so that the disease can be monitored. The exact schedule cannot be predicted, it will be decided by your dentist depending on your medical and dental history and current condition.
People who need frequent or regular radiographs include:
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