Dental X-Rays North Hollywood
At your next dental checkup, our North Hollywood dentist may recommend taking some dental X-rays. X-rays use energy that is passed through soft tissues and absorbed by hard tissue such as bone and teeth. X-rays have long been used to identify dental problems and create treatment plans. They play an important role in preventive and restorative dentistry and can help keep your smile healthier.
Types of Dental X-rays
Several types of X-rays are used in dentistry. Intraoral X-rays provide highly detailed images of the inside of the mouth. Extraoral X-rays are taken outside the mouth. The type of X-ray you receive will depend on your treatment needs. Common types of X-rays include:
• Periapical, which offers a picture of an entire tooth
• Bite wing, which shows both the upper and lower teeth and reveals decay between teeth
• Panoramic, which shows not just teeth but also the jaws, joints, sinuses, and nasal area. This is often used in orthodontic treatment
• Occlusal, which reveals the bite and can be used to identify tooth development
Benefits of X-rays
Dental X-rays allow us to better see parts of your teeth and mouth that cannot be easily seen with the unaided eye. With X-rays, we can more easily spot early decay, find cavities in hard-to-see areas, identify the location and number of tooth roots or root canals, monitor your tooth and gum health, and determine the extent of periodontal disease.
Most types of X-rays can be performed right in our North Hollywood office. There is no pain or discomfort associated with X-ray imaging, and you will be protected by a heavy lead apron, which prevents radiation from reaching the rest of your body. The film will be placed in a small frame you bite down on so we can take the picture. The entire process usually takes just a few minutes, and we can get the resulting images back quickly.
Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality dental care possible using the most trusted technology and the latest advances. Call our North Hollywood dental office today to learn more about dental X-rays or to schedule your next checkup.
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