What is apparent through one type of X-ray often is not visible on another”
Park Terrace Dental use digital X-rays. To take a digital X-ray, we will place a sensor on the tooth that looks like a piece of film. Once the picture is taken, we can adjust the contrast and brightness of the image to find even the smallest area of decay. Other benefits of digital X-rays are greatly decreased exposure to radiation and a removal of any waiting time for the results.
What is apparent through one type of X-ray often is not visible on another. A panoramic X-ray (OPG) will give us a general and comprehensive view of your entire mouth on a single film, which smaller X-rays cannot show. On the other hand, you might need close-up X- rays to show a highly detailed image of a smaller area, making it easier for your dentist to see decay between your teeth. You can be assured X-rays are not prescribed indiscriminately. Your dentist has a need for the different information that each X-ray can provide to formulate a diagnosis.
Radiographic or X-ray examinations provide your dentist with an important tool that shows the condition of your teeth, its roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones. X-rays can help your dentist determine the presence or degree of periodontal (gum) disease, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumours. X-rays also can show the exact location of impacted and unerupted teeth. They can pinpoint the location of cavities and other signs of disease that may not be possible to detect through a visual examination.