Dental X-rays, also known as radiographs, are images of your teeth that your dentist uses to evaluate your dental and overall health.
They employ low levels of radiation to capture images of the insides of your teeth, gums, and surrounding bone structure.
Dental X-rays may seem complicated, but they’re common tools that are just as important as teeth cleanings.
Purpose of Dental X-rays
Dental X-rays are usually performed every year. They can be done more often if your dentist is monitoring the progress of a dental problem or treatment.
Factors affecting how often you get dental X-rays may include:
- your age
- your current oral health
- any symptoms of oral disease
- a history of gum disease or tooth decay
If you’re a new patient, you’ll probably undergo dental X-rays, especially if you don’t have any X-rays from your previous dentist.
Children may need to undergo dental X-rays more often than adults because their dentists might need to monitor the growth of their permanent teeth.
X-rays can help the dentist determine if baby teeth need to be pulled to prevent complications.
Types of X-rays
Here are some of the most common types of X-rays performed by your Wantirna South dentist:
This type of X-ray provides a view of the entire tooth, from the crown to the bone that helps to support the tooth.
Offers a view of both the lower and upper posterior teeth.
This type of X-ray shows your Wantirna South dentist how these teeth touch one another and helps to detect if decay is present between back teeth.
This type of X-ray shows a view of the teeth, jaws, nasal area, sinuses, and the joints of the jaw, and is taken when a patient may need orthodontic treatment or implant placement.
Offers a clear view of the floor of the mouth to show the bite of the upper or lower jaw. This kind of X-ray highlights children’s tooth development to show the primary and permanent teeth.
Dental X-ray Procedures
These X-rays are typically performed in Dr Sachdeva’s dental clinic. A dental professional will cover you with a heavy lead apron to protect your body from radiation.
Next, the dental professional will put a small device, made of plastic, in your mouth and ask you to bite down on it. This holds the X-ray film in place.
The technician will proceed to take an X-ray image of the targeted area. The whole process is pain-free and will be repeated until images have been achieved for your whole mouth.
The use of digital X-rays provides less radiation to the dental patient and is convenient and time saving for the dental practice.
Dental X-rays by your trusted Wantirna South dentist
Dr Sachdeva’s dental clinic will help you achieve the optimal state of your oral health.
We provide a wide selection of dental services for patients who reside in Wantirna South and its surrounding areas.
Wantirna South dentist also serves the local communities in Knox City, Boronia, Bayswater, Scoresby, Rowville, Ferntree Gully, Vermont, Vermont South, Burwood, Burwood East, Ringwood, Ringwood East, and Wantirna.
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To set an appointment with your Wantirna South dentist, call us at (03) 9800 2338.
We are located at 87 Stud Road in Wantirna South. We will attend to you with utmost urgency and care.