Radiographs, or X-ray films, are an important tool that we use to help us diagnose any problems or potential problems with our patient’s teeth. We regularly take close up X-rays to check for tooth decay, or cavities, as well as a larger set that also shows the upper and lower jaw every 5 years. This is called a panoramic x-ray, and it’s especially used for diagnosing orthodontic cases and checking when wisdom teeth are ready to come out.
During regular hygiene visits, we require that a set of bitewing x-rays be taken once a year. This helps to see cavities in between teeth that wouldn’t otherwise be seen during the exam. This way we can take care of decay when it’s in its earliest and smallest stage to avoid more painful and costly issues in the future. Almost all dental insurances cover at least one set of bitewings per year.
At our office, we use the latest digital X-ray systems in order to collect information using the least amount of radiation possible.