Do you know the different between a periapical and a bitewing? This blog post from The Addison Dentist explains it, as we take a look at dental X-rays.
If you have ever stood in a huge camera apparatus and struggled to stay still while an automated camera made one slow pass around your head, then you have had a panoramic X-ray taken. These pictures help us see everything in one image: the total upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit to The Addison Dentist. They are beneficial for reviewing jaw injuries and seeing emerging teeth in children.
Bitewing X-rays help us see what’s going on between teeth—something that is always necessary but impossible with a visual exam. They also help us evaluate the jaw bone.
These are similar to bite wings but they can get a clearer picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are frequently used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.
This is a combination of periapical and bitewing X-rays. It gives a highly-detailed picture of all the teeth and surrounding bone structure.
If you have any concerns about the safety of dental X-rays, don’t hesitate to ask. We can explain the precautions that we take to minimize radiation and answer all of your questions.
If you are pregnant and need a dental X-ray at The Addison Dentist, please let us know before X-rays are taken. X-rays are not necessarily dangerous for pregnant women, but as a precaution they are often postponed until after your baby is born.
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