Radiographs Taken in the Dental Office

Radiographs Taken in the Dental Office
Posted on 06/07/2017

Radiographs Taken in the Dental Office

 

 

 

 

Bite-wing X-rays:


Bitewing X-rays highlight the crowns of the back teeth. Dentists take one or two bite-wing X-rays on each side of the mouth. Each X-ray shows the upper and lower molars (back teeth) and bicuspids (teeth in front of the molars). These X-rays are called "bite-wings" because you bite down on a wing-shaped device that holds the film in place while the X-ray is taken. These X-rays help dentists find decay between back teeth.

 

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Occlusal X-rays:


Occlusal X-rays are larger than most X-rays. They highlight tooth development and placement in children. Each X-ray shows nearly the full arch of teeth in either the upper or lower jaw.

 

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Periapical X-Rays:


Periapical X-rays highlight only one or two teeth at a time. A periapical X-ray looks similar to a bite-wing X-ray. However, it shows the entire length of each tooth, from crown to root.

 

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Panoramic X-rays:

 

Panoramic X-rays show the entire mouth on a single X-ray. They include all teeth on both upper and lower jaws. This type of X-ray requires a special machine. The X-ray machine circles behind your head while the film circles across the front. That way, the full, broad view of the jaws is captured on one film. Because the machine moves in a set path, you must be positioned carefully. Devices attached to the X-ray machine hold your head and jaw in place. All this may look and feel intimidating, but the process is very safe. The purpose of this radiograph is to evaluate for the presence and location of permanent teeth, pathology, and temporomandibular joint (jaw) conditions.

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Cephalometric projections:

 

Cephalometric projections are X-rays taken of the entire side of the head. They are used to look at the teeth in relation to the jaw and the person's profile. Orthodontists use cephalometric projections to determine the best type of orthodontic treatment.

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