X-Ray Basics

Dental X-Rays are beneficial images that help your dentist, Dr. Natanael Repta, diagnose common dental problems, like tooth decay, periodontal disease, and different types of oral infections. The X-Rays are also known as radiographs, and they are able to show inside of a tooth and beneath the gumline.

There are many different types of X-Rays available in the dental world today, and each one has different characteristics and benefits. The following are the most common X-Rays that are used in most dental offices today:

Periapical: A periapical X-Ray takes an image of the entire tooth, including the crown, roots, and bones that support it.

Bite-Wing: A bite-wing X-Ray is helpful when your dentist needs a visual of your back teeth. The image shows how your premolars and molars touch one another and it also shows any tooth decay between the back teeth.

Panoramic: A panoramic X-Ray provides an image of the entire oral cavity and face, including the jaws, teeth, nasal area, sinuses, and joints of the jaw. This X-Ray is beneficial for those who need orthodontic or dental implant treatment.

Occlusal: An occlusal X-Ray shows the health and condition of the bite and jaw. It can also highlight children’s primary and permanent tooth development.

The process of taking an X-Ray is easy and painless. It generally involves your dentist or dental hygienist covering you with a heavy lead apron to protect your body from the radiation. Then, they will insert a small plastic object into your mouth and will ask you to bite down on it. Next, they will take an X-Ray of the targeted area. This process may be repeated multiple times until they get images of the entire mouth.

To learn more about dental X-Rays in Riddle, Oregon, call 541.378.4423 now! We look forward to teaching you more about this beneficial dental technology.