4 Different Types Of Dental X-Rays

Different types of x-ray images require using the best dental x-ray machine specifically for that purpose. There are digital dental sensors that take digital x-ray images of more localized areas and there are complete dental radiography systems that can take different types of radiographic images.
Learn more about the different types of dental x-ray images below. If you would like to read more detailed specifications on any of our dental x-ray machines, click on the links provided or continue to explore www.VideoDental.com fully.

4 Common Types Of Dental X-Rays

There are generally four different types of dental x-ray images, all of which are commonly used in most dental practices. Each of the different types of dental x-rays has a specific purpose and requires using the best dental x-ray machine designed to achieve the desired image.

Bitewing X-Ray Images

Bitewing x-ray images are used to view a focus area in the mouth. More often than not, a dentist will obtain multiple bitewing x-rays during routine check-ups. This type of dental x-ray only captures exposed teeth (upper and lower) and about half of their roots and bone structure.

Purpose: Detect tooth decay between individual teeth and any changes caused by gum disease.

Capturing: Digital dental sensors are placed intraorally using positioning bite blocks and the patient bites down to obtain the image. Traditionally, a patient would bite down on the plastic holding the x-ray film in place. The film method is still used, as well as phosphorus plates, but image quality is subpar compared to that produced by digital sensors.

Periapical X-ray Images

Periapical x-rays are used to view a whole tooth, from the crown to the root. These only show a limited amount of the upper or lower arch and provide a dentist with a more detailed view of a single tooth.

Purpose: Detect abnormal changes found in the root and surrounding bone structure.

Capturing: Digital sensors are used along with a metal rod and ring. The patient bites down firmly to keep the sensor in place for a clear, detailed image.

Panoramic X-Ray Images

Panoramic x-rays are used to view the entire mouth in a single image. They provide detailed views of both upper and lower jaws to see how they interact.

Purpose: View the positions of all teeth including visible, emerging, and impacted teeth in one image.

Capturing: A patient will use a bite blocker for proper alignment while a panoramic x-ray machine rotates around the head to capture the whole mouth.

Occlusal X-Ray Images

Occlusal x-rays are used to keep track of how teeth develop and track positioning even before they begin to emerge. They are most commonly found in pediatric dentistry.

Purpose: Track placement and development of the entire arch in the upper or lower jaw; find teeth that have yet to emerge through gums.

Capturing: Digital dental sensors are placed intraorally in the occlusal plane.

About VDC

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