Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? Today’s Alexandria dental blog takes a look at dental x-rays.
If you have ever stood in a huge camera apparatus and struggled to stay motionless while an automated camera made one slow pass around your head, then you have had a panoramic x-ray taken of your mouth. These pictures help dentists see everything in one image: the complete upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit to Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry. They are also very helpful for evaluating jaw injuries and seeing emerging teeth in children.
Bitewing x-rays help Drs. Geren & Mady see what’s going on between teeth – something that is always needed but impossible with a visual exam. They also help your dentist evaluate the jaw bone.
These are similar to bitewings but they can get a clearer picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are generally used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.
This is a combination of periapical and bitewing x-rays that gives a comprehensive picture of all the teeth and surrounding bone structure.
If you are a patient of Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry and are worried about the safety of dental x-rays, we invite you to meet with our knowledgeable staff. We can explain all the precautions that we take to reduce radiation exposure and answer any questions you may have.
If you are pregnant and need a dental x-ray at Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry, it is essential to let Drs. Geren & Mady know this before x-rays are taken. X-rays are not necessarily dangerous for pregnant women, but they are often postponed until after delivery as a precaution. If you are pregnant but have a dental issue, call our office right away. We can be reached at 703-360-5881.
We hope you have learned a little bit about dental x-rays, one of our dentists’ indispensable tools in providing unsurpassed dental care in Alexandria. Check back often for more specifics about dentistry at Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry.