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The How and Why of X-Ray Technology

If you’ve ever been to a dental office, you’ve almost certainly participated in the benefits of x-ray technology. But while it’s one thing to experience it, it’s quite another to fully understand the purposes and methodology of x-rays. Here’s some information that might expand your perspective a bit:

How does an x-ray work, exactly?

An x-ray is a type of energy that passes through soft tissue and absorbs dense tissue. So a dental x-ray could pass through your cheeks and gums, but absorb your teeth. They are safe and incredibly helpful. There are two kinds of x-rays: intraoral, taken inside the mouth, and extraoral, taken outside. Intraoral is more common, as they give a high level of detail of the tooth.

Why do we take x-rays, anyway?

X-rays help Dr. Steven Hever and our staff to find cavities, look at tooth roots, help diagnose periodontal disease, check the status of tooth growth in children, prepare patients for dental implants or cosmetic dentistry treatments, and perform other useful functions.

What kinds of x-rays do you do?

We perform different x-rays depending on the needs of the patient. Here are some common x-rays we perform:

Periapical: Offers a view of a single entire tooth, from crown to root to supporting jawbone

Bitewing: Shows a side view of the upper and lower arches and how they touch each other

Panoramic: Provides a look at the teeth, jaw, nasal area, sinuses, and jaw joints.

Occlusal: The floor of the mouth is shown to help find any teeth that haven’t yet broken through the gum line.

If you have any questions about our use of x-rays in the office, or if it’s time to schedule a dental exam, just call our Finesse Dental Care dental office in Westlake Village, California at 805-777-7447.

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