Arguably, the most popular character in comic book history is Superman, but what is his best quality? Some would say it’s his great strength or speed. Others may argue that it’s his ability to fly or stir the wind with his powerful lungs, but your dentist in Columbus says it’s his X-Ray vision. That’s because possessing the ability to see where a problem lies is the first step to correctly diagnosing and then treating it. As you continue reading, your local professional will further explain why X-Ray photos taken at your appointments are so valuable to the health of mouth, teeth and gums.
What are X-Rays?
X-Rays (radiographs) are photos that allow your dentist to peer into the secret world between and inside your teeth. In addition, he can see the tip of your roots and bone underneath your gums, all places that are impossible to view with the naked eye.
These photos may be used for the following purposes:
- To locate cavities
- To evaluate the extent of decay
- To locate a cyst or abscess
- To determine the extent of bone loss
What are the Different Types of X-Rays?
Here are the different types of radiographs that your dentist can use to get the image he needs:
- Bitewing – The bitewing X-Ray allows your dentist to see the crown portions of your teeth, which is a way to identify the early stages of cavity development.
- Periapical – The periapical X-Ray provides a better picture of the tooth’s structural integrity, showing the bone height and root tips.
- Panoramic – When your dentist wants to see the “big picture,” he’ll use a panoramic X-Ray image. Taken from outside your mouth, it shows all of your teeth.
How Often Should You Have Radiographs Taken?
There is no set number of images that you should have taken. If you’re a first-time patient, though, your dentist may have a full set of X-Rays taken because he’s looking to establish your dental history at the practice. Therefore, before any treatment is delivered in the future, he’ll have records to access that will help him provide the best care possible.
In the future, the number of radiographs needed will depend greatly on your oral care. The better you are at maintaining simple practices like brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, eating healthier and visiting your dentist semi-annually for cleanings and checkups will contribute to a healthier mouth, teeth and gums. As a result, you won’t need as many X-Rays to monitor your wellness.
A great way to get all of your questions answered about the radiograph process and to ensure that your oral health is in good standing, is to schedule an appointment with your dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University and has since gone on to deliver compassionate and expert care to the Columbus community. Although he is an experienced dentist, he still remains as hungry for knowledge today as he was when he first graduated. Dr. Buck practices at Creative Smiles and can be reached for more information through his website.