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Why do I need Radiographs (X-rays)?
Radiographs (x-rays) are only taken when we believe it will directly benefit your dental health. This will allow us to provide you with the highest standard of care by allowing us the ability to thoroughly examine and provide a treatment plan for your oral health needs. Not all of your needs can be seen with a visual exam. X-rays allow us to see those things we would not see otherwise. They can also lead to early detection of diseases such as cancer. Without x-rays, we would not be able to give you the best care that you deserve.
What types of radiographs may be taken.
There are several types of x-rays that can be taken. Each one is used to help diagnose. Some of the more common types are:
Periapical (PA)
Full Mouth Series (FMX)
Bitewing x-rays allow us to view specific teeth on the top and bottom at the same time. These types of x-rays are what most people are familiar with. More than likely, if you have been to the dentist, you have had one of these taken. These radiographs are used to detect cavitiesand to evaluate the height of the bone level around the teeth. It also helps us determine the condition of the fillings you may have in your teeth.
Periapical (PA):
Periapical radiographs are used to show the entire tooth. This helps us to be able to diagnose a variety of conditions, some being cysts, abscesses, root forms, bone loss, etc...
Full Mouth Series:
Full Mouth Series (FMX) radiographs consist of 14-16 PA's and 4 Bitewings. These are needed to find and diagnose conditions such as cysts, tumors, periodontal (gum) disease, abcesses and other abnormalities. Cavitiescan also be detected. This serves as an important reference for future conditions that may arise.
Panoramic radiographs provide a full picture of your mouth. It shows your sinuses, jaw joint, and the upper and lower jaw. This shows the general condition of your mouth and can help us find and diagnose several conditions. This does not provide the fine detail needed to diagnose cavities, but allows us to get a better understanding of your developing teeth (especially wisdom teeth). It also comes in handy when you have had trauma to your head.
These are not as common and are usually only used on children to show how the primary and permanent teeth are developing.
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