Dental X-Raysservices cliffside park, fort lee, edgewater & nearby bergen county NJ & NY
Dental X-rays, which are also known as radiographs, are images which show the patient’s teeth. These images are important because they allow dentists to quickly assess a patient’s dental health. X-rays involve small amounts of radiation which are utilized to acquire images to allow dentists in detecting cavities, tooth fractures, and decay. X-rays are one of the most common tools used by dentists, and most well-established dental offices will have them.
Benefits of Dental X-Rays
X-rays are beneficial diagnostic tools because they make it easier for dentists to see what is happening within a patient’s mouth. By visualizing the problem, they can determine the proper treatment. X-rays are especially important for young children as it allows dentists to determine if their teeth are growing properly, and whether they should be pulled to avoid complications. Dentists are often limited by what they can see because many dental problems are not visible to the naked eye. With X-rays, dentists can identify dental conditions easily and treat them with more precision.
DENTAL X-RAYS | FAQ
How often should I get a dental X-ray?
Most dentists will want their patients to perform an X-ray at least once a year. However, if they are monitoring the progress of a problem or treatment, they will want them performed more frequently.
What types of dental X-rays are available?
Dental X-rays come in five varieties – panoramic, bitewing, palatal, occlusal and periapical. With panoramic X-rays, the machine will move around your head, while bitewing X-rays will require the patient to bite down on a sheet so the dentist can determine how well the crowns are aligned. Palatal X-rays will capture the entire mouth in a single shot, and occlusal X-rays are performed while your jaws are closed so the dentist can determine how your bottom and upper teeth are aligned. Periapical X-rays focus on only one or two teeth, and the images show each tooth in its entirety, complete from the crown down to the root.
Are there any risks involved with dental X-rays?
X-rays involve a certain degree of radiation, but the amount is so miniscule that they are considered perfectly safe for both adults and children. The one exception to this is women who are pregnant. Any expecting mother should avoid X-rays, and should notify the dentist. Radiation can be hazardous to the fetus that is in the womb.
About the Procedure
X-rays don’t require any extensive preparation. However, it is a good idea to brush your teeth before visiting the dental office. That will ensure that your mouth is clean which makes it easier for the dentist to inspect it. To undergo an X-ray, you will first be seated in a chair and a vest will be placed over your lap and chest. The X-ray machine will be positioned near both sides of your head, and it will capture images from these angles.
Achieve the Best Results with Real Smile Dental!
Real Smile Dental has advanced dental equipment that can help to capture accurate and precise dental X-rays of our patients’ teeth. We will also make sure that you will stay comfortable throughout the entire X-ray procedure as well as observe radiation safety to put your well-being as our priority. Do make an appointment today with us if you need a dental x-ray done.