X-ray technology is often used in the world of dentistry. Also known as radiography, this imagery of the teeth helps us get a better view of the exposed teeth, as well as see into the area covered by gum tissue. We can also see problems existing in the jawbone itself.

But most people don’t spend too much time learning about them. So today, your Newport Beach, CA dentist speaks to you on X-rays, from their usefulness to their history.

What Is An X-Ray?

A radiograph, or an X-ray, is an image of the matter of the mouth. It sees through different tissues such as tooth and bone at differing transparencies. Denser areas appear brighter white.

Dentists can use these pictures to identify many problems that can develop within the mouth. For instance, cavities are often identified in this manner. Other issues can also be spotted in this way, such as wisdom teeth impaction. Simply by looking, a dentist can spot crowding misalignment issues before they become serious problems.

Are They Safe?

X-rays use a low level of radiation to create their imagery. Due to this, people may wonder if it’s a safe procedure, and it’s understandable to worry about any radioactive activity close to the head.

But the levels are so small, that they are safe for humans. Dental x-rays are also replacing film ones, which is decreasing the exposure even further.

The main reason someone would need to avoid this would be during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or believe you might be, make sure to let your dentist know. The radiation can affect the development of a fetus, so it is best to do manual examinations during this time.

Types Of Images

There are a few different methods of gaining the necessary imagery for diagnosis and treatment. Here are a few of the more common ones. Preparing yourself with this knowledge may help you identify problem areas in your mouth. Information truly is powerful when if comes to oral health.

The most common is called a bitewing image. This is taken with a special piece of paper material, in which the patient bites down onto a guard. This gets a good broad image and can be used to identify cavities.

Panoramic imagery may also be used, in which a machine rotates a camera around the individual’s head. This is the best way to see the changes in the jaw, so it is widely used to see the growth of the wisdom teeth. Jaw surgery may also be planned using these photos.

Other dental health professionals, such as orthodontists, my use different techniques to see how the teeth align.

Get An Examination Today!

If you want to know how you can set up a cleaning and examination, please give Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery a call at (949)630-0143. Or stop by our office here in Newport Beach, CA!