Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile full of white, healthy teeth. With a good at-home oral hygiene routine, plus regular visits to your Tucson dentist, you’ll be on the right path towards having the smile you’ve always wanted. When you visit your dentist, you’ll be asked about your dental history, and X-rays may be part of your appointment. There has been some concern in recent years about the safety and necessity of dental X-rays, so feel free to discuss any questions you have with your dentist. Keep reading to learn more about dental X-rays.

Bitewing X-Rays

During your examination, your dentist will use a variety of tools and instruments to get a clear picture of your oral health. To see the bones and soft tissues surrounding the teeth and gums, he may recommend that X-rays be taken. Bitewing X-rays are used to show the back teeth of the upper and lower jaws, and present a picture of how your teeth fit together in just one image. They can reveal decay that’s happening in between the teeth, as well as bone loss from gum disease or an infection. Bitewings are normally taken once a year so you don’t have to worry about excess exposure to radiation.

Periapical X-Rays

If your dentist suspects that you have an abscessed tooth, or if you have a history of dental problems, he may take periapical X-rays. These images show the tooth in its entirety, from the part you can see to the root and bone that are hidden. This is also the X-ray your dentist will use to look for signs of impacted wisdom teeth.

Occlusal X-Rays

These X-rays show either the floor or the roof of the mouth, and have a few different uses. Occlusal X-rays may be used when a foreign object is in or around the mouth, or to show a cleft palate, a jaw fracture, or teeth that have not yet erupted into the mouth.

At the dental office of Dr. Robert C. Brei, DDS, we offer complete dental care for the whole family. We perform X-rays only when they are necessary, so you can rest assured that you and your family won’t be exposed to radiation you don’t need. Contact us at (520) 325-9000 to schedule an appointment at our Tucson office.