Dental Laboratory – Specializing in Restorative and Preventative Dental Care
Dental X-Rays in El Paso
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Why are Dental X-rays Necessary?
Dental X-rays are useful for a number of reasons. X-rays, also called radiographs, give our dentist the ability to see key details of your teeth, mouth, and bone structure otherwise not visible through the naked eye. These images will check for cavities, tooth decay, and the structure of your bones. X-rays can also show the presence of any abscesses or cysts. Missing teeth or impacted teeth such as wisdom teeth are often discovered through these images.
Types of Dental X-rays and What They Reveal
Intraoral X-rays are the most common type of dental X-ray taken. They provide significant detail that allows your dentist to find cavities more easily, examine the health of the tooth, its root, and the surrounding bone structure such as the jawbone.
Extraoral X-rays display teeth, however, their main focus is the jaw and skull. This type of X-ray does not provide as much detail as intraoral X-rays do. The purpose of extraoral X-rays is to look at any impacted teeth, monitor the growth and development of the jaws in their relation to teeth. These X-rays also spot any hidden problems between the temporomandibular joint, located near the ear canal, and your teeth and jaws.
The Process of Taking a Dental X-ray
A radiographic technician will place an apron around your upper body and neck. This is done to protect you from direct or reflected ionizing radiation from the X-ray imaging device. Dental X-rays produce low levels of ionizing radiation so this type of exposure won’t be damaging.
Next, a radiographic imaging film or digital imaging sensor will be placed in your mouth and behind the tooth or teeth that need to be captured. You will be asked to bite down gently on a stabilizing device in order to hold the imaging film or sensor in position. You may experience slight discomfort, but the X-ray only takes a moment.
X-ray exposure is initiated once the technician presses a switch. The amount and duration of exposure vary by the type of radiograph that is being exposed as well as the type of tissue that is being examined. Generally, exposure is rapid, lasting about a fraction of a second.
Depending on the type of film that is used, the image will be processed within seconds or between five to ten minutes. Your dentist will analyze your radiographs for any sign of abnormalities and offer you recommendations based on the findings.