Digital X-rays / Images
Our office utilizes newest digital X-ray equipment and intraoral our technology, the X-rays and pictures are sent immediately to a computer and can be viewed on a flat screen TV above you chair. The digital imaging software allows our doctor to see a number of different views of the tooth to determine the best course of treatment. Furthermore, all of the images and X-rays you all of the problem areas. With our technology, you have an opportunity to see exactly what our doctor see.
Digital X-ray and image technology allows us to detect especially small areas of decay between teeth and identify decay occurring beneath existing fillings, bridges, and crowns. Furthermore, the technology reveals abscesses (an infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth) and bone loss that accompanies gum disease or infection. Finally, the technology is used to screen for cysts, some types of tumors, and other developmental abnormalities.
There are several types of intraoral X-rays, each of which shows different aspects of teeth.
- Bite-wing X-rays show details of the upper and lower teeth in one area of the mouth. Each bite-wing shows a tooth from its crown to about the level of the supporting bone. Bite-wing X-rays are used to detect decay between teeth and changes in bone density caused by gum disease. They are also useful in determining the proper fit of a crown and the marginal integrity of fillings.
- Periapical X-rays show the whole tooth — from the crown to beyond the end of the root to where the tooth is anchored in the jaw. Periapical X-rays are used to detect any abnormalities of the root structure and surrounding bone structure.
- Occlusal X-rays are larger and show full tooth development and placement. Each X-ray reveals the entire arch of teeth in either the upper or lower jaw.