What to expect at your first appointment
When you come to the dentist, a periodontal exam is performed and many measurements are taken to assess the overall health of your gums. This preliminary information is used to form an ideal treatment plan.
We take the least number of radiographs to: provide a necessary diagnosis, orient us during the placement of implants, or to screen for disease and pathology.
Radiographs (x rays)
X rays (radiographs) allow us to see various anatomical structures that we cannot see just by looking in the mouth. This includes the bone levels around teeth, certain infections and other important anatomical structures such as the sinuses and the canals that carry nerves.
Although we try and reduce the number of radiographs that we take, it is very important to prescribe them when the situation calls for it, to either make a necessary diagnosis, to orient us during the placement of implants or to screen for disease and pathology.
3 types of X Rays
These x rays are commonly taken by the dentist, their focus is the teeth, where the dentist will look for decay.
These x rays show us the levels of the bone around the teeth. They also show us if there is any disease at the tip of the root.
A panoramic x ray provides a good overall view of the upper and lower jaws as well as the sinuses. There is less radiation in a panoramic x ray then a whole series of smaller ones. There is also less detail and clarity. Panoramic radiographs are almost always used in association with dental implants. Certain patients have a lot of difficulty taking radiographs because of gagging and these x rays are very useful for this.