When you come in for an appointment at Red Bank Smiles, dental X-rays may be taken after prescription by your dentist. Dental X-rays allow us to get a better look at your teeth, gums and jaw to help determine which treatment, if any, may be needed. If you have any questions about X-rays, contact the team at Red Bank Smiles today.
How Dental X-rays Work
A dental X-ray uses invisible beams of energy to capture pictures of your mouth. They’re safe for both adults and children. While X-rays do expose you to low levels of radiation, every precaution is taken to limit this exposure. Red Bank Smiles uses the most advanced techniques and the lowest-dose digital X-ray technologies available.
After the images are taken, they’re put on a large screen for you to see, and your dentist and hygienists to review with you. The results can help diagnose many different conditions, including:
- Periodontal disease
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Cysts and growths
- Missing or extra teeth
- And more…
In addition, X-rays are a great way to evaluate the growth and development of children’s teeth. They’re also frequently used to monitor the condition of fillings, root canals, crowns and other restorative work.
What to Expect during a Dental X-ray
Depending on the condition of a person’s oral health, dental X-rays may be required every few months or every few years. Children usually have X-rays taken more often as their teeth continue to grow and change, although a smaller number of X-rays may be required.
If you are getting an X-ray, the dental hygienist or assistant will be the one to operate the technology. You may have to wear a leaded apron or collar to help protect you from radiation exposure, and you’ll have to sit still for a short period of time. There are a few different types of dental X-rays you can get, including:
- Bitewings: The dental hygienist moves an X-ray film or plastic sensor around your mouth, asking you to bite down with your back teeth
- Periapicals: Produce pictures of the entire tooth and root
- Panoramic X-rays: An X-ray machine rotates around the head to take pictures of all the teeth
Occlusal X-rays: Take pictures of the floor or roof of the mouth
Contact an X-ray Dentist
Red Bank Smiles uses a range of diagnostic tools, including X-rays, to help diagnose and care for your oral health. Whether you’re a new patient or an existing patient, you can make an appointment at our Red Bank, NJ facility today by calling Heidi at 732-741-1052 or booking online now.