x-rayPeople who visit the dentist regularly for dental cleanings have some experience with dental x-rays. Yet, did you know that x-rays have varying types. In fact, each x-ray type serves an alternate purpose. To explain the nature of x-rays during dental cleanings, your Dallas, TX dentist, Dr. Diep Truong provides this post.

There’s More than One Dental X-Ray

  • Bite-wing. The distinct winged flaps of this x-ray type prove quite common during routine dental visits. The doctor may choose to complete these either once a year or during each six-month dental cleaning. The purpose of a bite-wing x-ray is to see any decay on the back molars. Additionally, bite-wing x-rays give a fairly clear view of the entire mouth.
  • Periapical. These x-rays tend to concentrate on one or two teeth at a time. While this type of x-ray mimics bite-wing x-rays almost to the letter, the periapical x-ray can view the entire tooth. From crown to root tip, the picture shows everything, allowing the doctor to pinpoint a specific problem.
  • Occlusal. The occlusal x-ray is typically performed on children since it’s larger and shows the development of teeth. With an occlusal x-ray, the doctor can see if any dental issues will occur in the future, to take necessary preventative steps.
  • Extraoral. While these x-rays show a clear picture of the mouth, it also shows the skull. Much like the occlusal x-ray, this type is commonly used on children because it makes tracking dental development and growth very simple.
  • Panoramic. Your Dallas, TX dentist can view your entire mouth with a panoramic x-ray. However, unlike the aforementioned x-rays, the panoramic type requires the use of a special machine. This unit requires the patients to stand motionless, while the head and jaw is held carefully in place. Then, the machine moves around your head, capturing your teeth and skull from a continuous angle. Moreover, panoramic x-rays produce less radiation, making these x-rays safer and more effective.
  • Cephalometric. Orthodontist use these x-rays more often than not. The picture displays the side of mouth and head, which allows the orthodontist to determine the correct type of orthodontic treatment.

Schedule Bi-Annual Dental Visits with Viva Dental

For an in-depth view of your teeth, a hygienist competes x-rays once a year during dental cleanings. If you have questions about dental x-rays, ask Dr. Truong. She can discuss your results with you and proceed with the proper treatment—should you require any. To schedule an appointment with our Dallas, TX dental practice, call us at (214) 337-7800. Also, visit our website for services, reviews, to learn more about our dental team. We happily serve new and existing patients in North Oak Cliff, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, Richardson, Carrolton, Garland, Addison, Farmers Branch, and nearby suburbs.