Dr. Jessica Wyatt uses dental x-rays to help diagnose problems such as cavities between teeth, infections, oral tumors, and wisdom teeth that have not yet erupted. Since many oral health issues are not apparent upon visual inspection, x-rays are an essential part of your dental care. You need not feel concerned about exposure to radiation since traditional x-rays are no longer a part of modern dentistry. Digital x-rays are not only safer, they allow Dr. Wyatt to see immediate results as well. This means you get the treatment you need sooner rather than later.
Dental X-Ray Types
The type of x-ray that Dr. Wyatt uses depends on the type of oral health problem she thinks you might have. It is likely to be one of the following types:
- Bitewing: This type of x-ray is the most common because it gives a detailed picture of the alignment of your upper and lower rows of teeth. A bitewing x-ray is effective at highlighting decay that is growing between your teeth that neither you nor she would be able to see. The typical cause of this type of dental problem is decay of the jaw bone or gum disease.
- Occlusal: This is an uncommon type of dental x-ray. Some of the reasons that Dr. Wyatt may use an occlusal x-ray include a cleft palate, a fracture in your jaw, a foreign object in your mouth, an abscess or cyst, or determining the location of extra teeth.
- Panoramic: You may have also heard this called a radiographic x-ray. It provides Dr. Wyatt with a broader view of your teeth, both jaws, entire mouth, and your sinus cavities. This type of x-ray is most common when you or your child are getting braces or when she suspects an infection, impacted tooth, fractured tooth, or an oral tumor.
- Periapical: The purpose of the periapical x-ray is similar to the bitewing x-ray with the major difference being that is provides your dentist with more detail. She is able to see an entire tooth from its root to its crown. It is most effective in locating abscessed teeth, cysts, or tumors.
If Dr. Wyatt finds what she suspects on your x-ray, you will need to schedule additional appointments to correct the issue. She always lets you know why she is ordering an x-ray and the type she is using in addition to the results. Since every dental insurance company offers different coverage for x-rays, we encourage you to check your benefits before each appointment.