There are two types of Digital X-rays that we take routinely.
The first set is called a “Panoramic Image,” taken by our Panorex. This X-ray shows us a detailed image of your jaw, sinuses, bone level, and all of your teeth (including those wisdom teeth!) all on one picture. We use this picture to diagnose TMJ issues, whether or not a tooth needs to be extracted, to explain that your tooth pain may be coming from your sinuses, and to show that bone loss can be prevented from worsening. We recommend this X-ray to be taken once every 5 years for preventative reasons, but also can be taken in any circumstance that arises that the Dentist may find this image to be beneficial.
The second set of X-rays we recommend taking once a year, and these are called, “Bitewings.” Usually we take a set of four (2 on each side), and these pictures are very detailed images of the tooth’s enamel. They show areas of decay in between the teeth that aren’t as easily seen from inside the mouth. Current Research shows that if we find areas that are starting to decay and catch them before they reach the middle layer of the tooth (the dentin), then the enamel can start to restore itself, and you can possibly avoid a filling or restoration!