Dental X-rays are a diagnostic tool used to help our dentist detect any decay, infection, or other issues that are not visible with the naked eye. Dr. J. Richard Burch may decide to take dental X-rays at your regular dental exam. How often he takes X-rays is based on your age, dental health, risk for disease, and any signs or symptoms of an oral disease.
There are several different types of X-rays, including:
– Intraoral X-Rays: The dental X-ray film is inside the mouth. This type of X-ray provides a lot of detail, thus allowing our dentist to detect cavities, monitor the status of developing teeth, check the health of the teeth and jawbone, and inspect the health of tooth roots.
– Extraoral X-Rays: The dental X-ray film is outside the mouth. The main focus of these X-rays is the jaw and skull, but they show the teeth as well. Extraoral X-rays are used to detect impacted teeth, monitor the development of the jaws in relation to the teeth, and detect any potential problems with the temporomandibular joint.
– Digital X-Rays: Modern technology allows dentists to use digital X-rays, or digital imaging. Instead of developing the X-ray film in a dark room, the images are sent directly to the computer, where they can be viewed, printed, and saved. Digital X-rays can be enhanced and enlarged so that our dentist can more easily spot any dental issues and show you where the problem is. Digital images can be sent electronically to a specialist, if needed.
To learn more about how digital imaging in Kansas City, Missouri, can help you and your smile and to schedule an appointment, we encourage you to contact KC Smile Doc today.