You’re used to getting x-rays at least once a year along with a typical dental cleaning. But then one day, almost out of the blue, your dentist tells you that you need a panoramic x-ray.
How is that different?
Panoramic x-rays (often called “panos” or “pans,” for short) take a large image that captures bones from ear-to-ear and from nose to throat. Exactly what ends up in your pan may depend on your unique anatomy.
A Wider Viewpoint
A panoramic captures things that can’t be seen in other digital dental x-rays. This is because a classic x-ray beam is aimed directly at teeth in one direction. The result is a flat two-dimensional picture with distinct contrast.
Regular x-rays are ideal for spotting stuff going on around individual teeth like decay, bone loss, and abscesses. But a pano comes in handy when there’s suspicious activity in your jaw, neck, or sinuses. These areas don’t show up on your routine dental x-rays.
Your dentist may require patients to have a routine panoramic x-ray taken every several years simply to check for abnormalities, even if you don’t feel like anything’s wrong.
Other reasons for taking a pano include:
Aside from detecting a serious disease, a panoramic x-ray could be crucial to making your next dental treatment a success.
Posted on behalf of:
Gordon Dental of Leawood
11401 Nall Ave #102
Leawood, KS 66211
Although many people find them inconvenient, x-rays are essential to effective dental care. There are several reasons to consider why your dentist may need to take x-rays:
To Check for Cavities
X-rays serve the purpose of highlighting areas of the teeth that have lower density because of decay. Some cavities can be found on the tops of the chewing surfaces during a clinical exam, but other areas of decay start between teeth can only be seen through radiographic imaging. X-rays can also tell your dentist how deep a actually cavity is.
To Monitor Bone Health.
The bone structure that supports your teeth can become compromised from oral disease such as periodontitis
or Or, it could even show signs of systemic conditions like osteoporosis. X-rays show us the amount of healthy bone that is present, so we can determine if preventive therapy is necessary.
To Plan for Treatments
Whether planning to extract a tooth or to place an implant, your dentist needs to know what is going on below the gums. It would be dangerous to begin an operation without being familiar with the anatomy of the jaw. X-rays can reveal the shape and amount of bone and the location of nerves and sinuses.
To Screen for Abnormalities
X-rays that captures areas around the roots of the teeth and even the entire jaw (such as in a panoramic image) can show if there is an abscess or some abnormal growth that requires further examination. Even potentially life-threatening tumors and other cancerous growths have been first located on routine x-rays.
Clearly, x-ray technology is an invaluable tool that allows us to make well-informed care recommendations specific to your needs. Visit your dentist for a comprehensive oral examination including the necessary x-rays.
Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
Dental patients are sometimes bothered by the inconvenience or cost of dental x-rays. Why are x-rays needed every year? Are they really necessary? Considering these four reasons that x-rays are vital may help you to appreciate the way they benefit your health.
X-rays allow us to see in-between your teeth.
While your dentist will detect problems on the front or chewing surfaces of teeth, decay that has developed in-between teeth cannot be seen. X-rays reveal changes in the density of tooth structure. Some changes reveal a pattern indicative of decay.
X-rays can detect early signs of serious disease.
Some x-ray imaging captures a wider range around the teeth. Early signs of cancer can be detected in the occasional panoramic image.
X-rays enable us determine the most successful treatment we can recommend.
X-rays show your dentist how far he needs to drill to remove diseased tooth material while conserving the healthy material. X-rays tell an oral surgeon the safest way to remove impacted wisdom teeth. If you need an implant or periodontal treatment, x-rays reveal the amount and health of surrounding bone tissue.
X-rays help us monitor your mouth for abnormal changes.
Your mouth changes from year-to-year, or even more frequently. Taking dental x-rays on a regular basis help us to know what is normal for you as an individual, and what could be a sign of something serious.
X-ray technology is a safe and highly effective tool for dental diagnosis. Maintaining optimum dental health is crucial to your overall health. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions on the safety and necessity of dental x-rays.
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6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
1.- If you are new to our practice, then we need a complete set of x-rays in order to get to know you.
There are many key details about your mouth that your dentist simply cannot know unless he has a recent set of x-rays. Your dentist wants to provide you with the most individualized care that he can possibly give. X-ray technology is a vital tool that gives your dentist a picture of your unique dental condition and needs.
2.- X-rays reveal spots of tooth decay in-between teeth.
Cavities that develop on the chewing surfaces of teeth can be detected in the course of a regular dental exam. However, the smooth surfaces between teeth that are touching cannot be viewed because your teeth are fixed in place. X-rays allow a see-through image to show what those in-between surfaces look like.
3.- Developmental changes are carefully monitored.
It is especially important for children’s teeth and jaws to be carefully monitored as they grow. Some conditions or injuries may require that specialized x-ray technology be used. For example, cephalometric and panoramic x-rays can show a more complete picture of the jaw, cheeks, and sinuses. These allowyour dentist to determine the need for procedures such as braces or wisdom teeth extraction. The sooner your dentist learns such information, the easier it will be for him to provide the most non-invasive corrective treatment possible.
4.- Your mouth changes constantly.
Because of changes in health, medication, diet, oral hygiene, or even residence, your mouth can experience significant changes within a few months. By regularly having dental x-rays taken, you will receive dental care that is best-suited to your needs.Talk to your dentist for more information about how dental x-rays benefit you.
Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
Dental x-rays have a bad reputation as being something that is necessary or even harmful to your health. In reality, digital x-rays are one of the safest procedures performed in our office – with radiation levels being less than those you get out in the sun or flying in an airplane. They play an important part of your dental care experience. Here’s why:
With dental x-rays, your dentist can:
Examine bone height between the teeth.
Gum disease causes bone loss, tooth mobility, and ultimately tooth loss. Seeing the levels of the bone margins can give your dentist the chance to take proactive measures that prevent bone loss or improve the chance to develop new bone before complex problems develop.
Screen for tooth decay.
Yes your dentist does check for cavities during your exam, but some types of cavities are not visible during an example. For instance, cavities between the teeth, new decay around existing restorations, or those that have may have developed through deep pits in the top of the tooth.
Evaluate the eruption patterns of other teeth.
Being able to assess the development of unerupted teeth is important when evaluating wisdom teeth or young children. Early diagnosis provides you with more liberty to take proactive measures that can impact the smile a few years down the road.
Screen for cysts, tumors and infections.
In the rare chance that a tumor or severe infection develops, an x-ray won’t just save your smile – it can also save your life!
X-rays give your dentist to see through teeth and gum tissues to address underlying problems that may not be evident right away. Ask your dentist which type of x-rays you need and how often.
Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
It may seem like you’re spending less time at your dental appointments, but that doesn’t mean you’re getting less than adequate treatment. In fact, you’re getting better dental care than ever before, thanks to technological advancements that aid in earlier disease diagnosis and patient care.
Digital Decay Detection
Cavities start out extremely small. They must reach a certain size before they are detectable during a clinical exam or even on an x-ray. With digital detection, a laser measures the density of the tooth structure and can identify areas of compromised tooth enamel before a larger cavity is present. This keeps treatment less invasive, affordable, and even more comfortable!
Soft Tissue Lasers
Thanks to soft tissue lasers, it’s easier and faster to treat conditions like gum disease, ulcers and cold sores. Lasers prevent the need for surgical therapies, stitches and provide nearly instant results.
Eliminating chemical processing and excess lead waste, digital x-rays also offer patients an up-close and personal view of their oral health. Enlarged images make it easier to discuss needs and concerns with your dentist, co-planning your care throughout the whole process. Switching from traditional x-rays to digital radiographs can shave several minutes off of the most routine dental appointment.
Advanced Oral Cancer Screening
Abnormal tissues may not always be visible inside of your mouth. Advanced oral cancer screening kits can help your dentist catch problems before they have a chance to develop into something even scarier.
These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. They don’t even include tooth replacement therapies like dental implants. If it’s been a few years since you last saw the dentist, you might be in for a surprise!
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Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
If you’re like the majority of dental patients, you have asked (or thought of asking) your dentist why you need to have dental x-rays taken so “frequently.” Although it may seem like it’s literally every dental visit, it’s more like once a year that your dentist has these films taken, and for a good reason. Your dentist uses them as a key diagnostic tool when screening for disease and diagnosing dental problems. Depending on the type of x-ray taken, it may be taken more or less frequently.
X-rays show your dentist if there is decay between the teeth.
Even the most thorough dental exam won’t be able to spot tooth decay that forms between teeth or under an existing filling. X-rays capture images of these areas, showing the dentist when the earliest forms of decay are starting, allowing treatment to be less invasive.
X-rays screen for abnormalities and disease in the bone.
Periodontal disease, bone loss, and osteonecrosis need to be identified as early on as possible, preventing complications such as tooth loss. Only x-rays can show the quantity and levels of bone in the mouth.
There are some things that just can’t be seen during a clinical exam.
Whether it’s a missing tooth, impacted tooth, sinus complication or a disorder of the TMJ, your dentist sometimes needs to see “through” and deeper into the anatomy of your mouth, head, and neck. In fact, many newer forms of digital x-ray machines now also serve to function as 3-D CT scans!
Thanks to digital radiography, the radiation levels on dental x-rays went from very low to even lower levels of radiation. In fact, you get more radiation from being out in the sun for a few hours than you do from a set of dental x-rays. The convenience and safety of x-rays is something that’s definitely not worth turning down at your next dental check-up.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry
With the changing tides of technology, everyday dental procedures have progressed dramatically. From same-day treatments, one hour teeth whitening, and in-office CT scans, dentists and their patients’ benefit from the modern advancements that technology has brought to patient care. One of the most visible changes is the shift to digital dental x-rays. Although the investment is expensive for some offices to initially make, there are some very big benefits that it brings to each patient:
Digital x-rays use sensitive plates that record the radiographic image, eliminating the need for physical x-ray film. This allows the radiation dose to be decreased, while maintaining the quality of the image. There is as much as a 80-90% reduction in the amount of radiation used.
Traditional dental x-rays took time to take, and then an additional several minutes to process the films, mount them, and retake faulty films if needed. Digital radiographs are instantly viewable on the in-room monitor, eliminating processing time and shortening the patient’s visit by several minutes.
Enhanced patient communication.
Viewing the enlarged HD images on a monitor inside of the treatment room makes it easier for the dentist, hygienist, or assistant to discuss the findings with the patient. By enlarging the image, the patient can also see these differences and have a greater understanding of any treatment needs that are recommended by the dentist.
Moving toward digital radiography is better for you, your health, and the future of your smile. Are you using a dentist that is using digital radiography to enhance the way they care for your teeth? If not, it’s time to find one who is!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
When it comes to caring for the teeth dentists do more than just clean them. X-rays allow dentists to see images of the teeth and jaw that are not visible to the naked eye. For many years dentists have had to take multiple pictures of a person’s teeth and put them together to generate a cross-sectional image of the teeth. Thanks to 3D imaging techniques, dentists are now able to get a detailed view of the mouth and skull in one quick imaging scan. 3D imaging allows for the bone structure, bone density, tissues, and nerves to be viewed clearly. All of this information allows dentists to understand more of the anatomy of each individual patient and help catch many issues before they become big problems.
These days, many people are worried about their exposure to radiation when they have to get X-rays. With 3D dental imaging, X-rays can be completed in less than 30 seconds. This means far less radiation enters the body than if regular bitewing X-rays were taken.
Dentists can also use 3D digital imaging to help prepare for dental surgeries such as wisdom teeth, as well as allow dentists to place dental implants much faster than before. With 3D digital imaging dentists are also able to magnify specific areas of the mouth, jaw, and face. With this technology, dentists can easily view a person’s oral anatomy which makes planning any necessary treatment easier and faster.
At your next dental visit, ask your dentist about 3D imaging vs bitewing X-rays in order to view your mouth on a more detailed scale.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center
A routine part of every biannual dental checkup is dental x-rays, but often patients are concerned about their safety over time. The reason that dentist take x-rays in the first place is to detect issues with the teeth, as well as the gums and jaw, which may not be visible to the naked eye during a routine dental exam. These issues can include cavities, growths and other oral health issues. As with any other physical problem in the human body, early detection and treatment is the key!
In general, the amount of radiation used during today’s digital dental radiography is very, very low. Despite this, the dental team still adheres to the ALARA principle, which stands for “As Low As Reasonable Achievable”. Simply stated, this means that the radiation used is a low as possible, while still being able to get the image.
The dental team will take additional precautions including the use leaded apron, which protects the upper body and abdomen. In most cases a leaded thyroid collar will be used as well, in order to protect the thyroid form damage, as a result of the radiation. Children, women of childbearing age and pregnant women should definitely wear a thyroid collar during any dental x-ray!
As with any other medical procedure, pregnant women should be sure to tell the dental team, including the dentist, that they are pregnant. Dental x-rays are completely safe for pregnant women and their fetus, when leaded aprons and thyroid collars are used.
Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS
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