All You Need to Know About the Different Types of X-Rays

Dental X-Rays are also known as radiographs. These images help your dentist, Dr. Ken Waddell, examine inside of your teeth and below your gumline. This is beneficial because a lot of dental issues develop in places where they can’t be seen. The X-Rays make it possible for your dentist to identify the issue and treat it as soon as possible, even if it can’t be seen by the naked eye.

There are many different types of X-Rays available in the world today, including:

Periapical: A periapical X-Ray takes a picture of an entire tooth. It shows your dentist the crown of the tooth as well as the roots and bones that support it.

Bite-Wing: A bite-wing X-Ray provides images of your upper and lower premolars and molars. The picture shows your dentist how those teeth touch one another and it also shows tooth decay if it is present.

Panoramic: A panoramic X-Ray shows the health and condition of your entire face, including your teeth, jaws, nose, sinuses, and jaw joints. This is a great tool to use for those who need orthodontic treatment or dental implants.

Occlusal: An occlusal X-Ray provides an image of the bite and the jaw by showing the floor of the mouth. It will also show children’s development of the primary as well as the permanent teeth.

Each one of these X-Rays can find cavities, look at your tooth roots, check the health and condition of your bones, identify gum disease, and see the status of your incoming teeth. For more information about dental X-Rays in Woodburn, Oregon, please feel free to call 503.980.4657 and talk to a member of our Smiles Dental dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can!