- Bitewing X-Ray: A bitewing x-ray is taken in order to view the upper and lower posterior teeth and how the teeth touch each other in a single view. These x-rays will show if there is decaying between the teeth and will also show how well the upper and lower teeth aline. The x-ray will show if there is any bone loss when a severe gum disease or a dental infection is present.
- Periapical X-Ray: A periapical x-ray shows the entire tooth, from the exposed crown to the end of the root and the bones that support the tooth. These X-rays are used to find dental problems below the gum line or in the jaw. Some examples would be an impacted tooth, abscess, cysts, tumor, and bone changes that are linked to some diseases.
- Panoramic X-Ray: A Panoramic X-Ray shows a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular (jaw) joints. These x-rays show problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumors), infections, and fractures. A panoramic x-ray is taken once every three-five years unless medically necessary.
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