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Chances are that you’ve already had x-rays taken of your teeth – at least once, if not more. Do you ever wonder what exactly is happening there? Here are some FAQs that might help you comprehend the purpose, methodology, and details of x-rays:

How does x-ray technology work?

An x-ray (also called a radiograph) is a type of light energy that bypasses soft tissue and soaks up the light of dense tissue. So a dental x-ray could pass through your cheeks and gums, but absorb your teeth, taking a sort of picture of them. X-ray machines do use radiation, but it is so light that it is not a danger to you.

What are the benefits of x-rays?

The benefits can be immeasurably helpful in diagnosis, prevention, and preparation for dental procedures. X-rays help Dr. Tae Chul Ho find cavities, examine tooth roots, check the progress of periodontal disease, see how teeth are growing, prepare patients for restorative procedures, and perform other valuable jobs.

What kinds of x-rays does Buckland Hills Dental use?

Ultimately, it depends on the needs of the patient, but here are some common examples:

Periapical: Shows a comprehensive view of a single tooth, from jawbone to root to crown.

Bitewing: Provides a side view of the bite, including the upper and lower arches and how they connect

Panoramic: Offers an extensive view of the whole mouth area, including the teeth, jaw, nasal area, sinuses, and jaw joints.

Occlusal: Allows the observation of teeth that are still below the gum line

Do you have any queries not covered here about x-rays? Or would you like to book a dental exam at our dental office? If so, you can call our Buckland Hills Dental in Manchester, Connecticut at 860-644-0099.