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Everything you need to know about Dental X-Rays

What are Dental X-Rays?   

Dental X-rays, also known as radiographs, are 2D images. They are a type of energy pass through the mouth and record different views of the teeth, as well as the lower and upper jaws and sinus areas. They pass through soft tissues to dense tissue and highlight the bones and tooth structure in your mouth below the surface of your enamel and gums. These images can help dentists to evaluate your oral health.

What are the types of Dental X-Rays?

Dental X-rays are divided into two main types: Digital and Film. Digital is replacing film, as it has done in numerous technologies these days and emitted less radiation than film X-rays. Comparatively, digital X-ray is a quicker process and is easy to do. Because of these major benefits, most of the dental practices use digital X-rays.

How Dental X-Rays Work?   

During the procedure, the gums and soft tissues absorb less rays than the teeth and bones, so the teeth appear lighter on a radiograph. While the areas of tooth decay and infection look darker because they don’t absorb as much of the intensity of transmitted light during X-ray.

X-rays can provide one of the best dental cares to the patients and accurately diagnose and treat various dental problems. They give a high level of detail of the tooth and allow dentists to:

  • Diagnose Cavities

A cavity is a sticky substance made up of the germs that can grow bigger over time and need to be fixed. The cavities can be shown in a dental radiograph as a dark area and allow your dentist to monitor the general health of your teeth, jaw, and skull.

  • Diagnose Periodontal Disease

Early detection of periodontal disease is important. Periodontal disease is infection affects the gums and can damage all the tissues in a serious way if left untreated. According to the studies, the disease has been linked to several heart diseases. The dental X-rays can help one to not only diagnose the disease but to determine the best treatment options.

 

Where is an X-ray performed?

An X-ray is performed in a hospital or a clinic by a specialised diagnostic radiologist. The patient is asked to sit or stand in several positions in front of a plate that contains X-ray film or sensors to create clear images. The test allows to make accurate diagnosis and prescribe therapies. 

What happens after an X-ray?

The patient is allowed to change back into his regular clothes after X-ray images have been collected. Depending on your condition, your doctor may advise you to go back to your normal activities on the same day or rest.

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