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X-Rays at John M Schiefelbein DMD

Importance of Dental X-Rays

Dental radiographs are extremely important to dental care and should be taken on a routine basis.  While an oral exam performed by the dentist is valuable, the dentist cannot see everything.  Radiographs (x-rays) show what is happening below the gumline, between the teeth and in the bone.  Often radiographs detect dental issues that the patient cannot feel or is unaware of.  These issues can then be treated before they become more complicated.

Digital Radiographs

Benefits of Digital Radiography:

  • X-rays are processed and viewable within seconds
  • While traditional film x-rays were safe, digital x-rays use a fraction of the radiation
  • Enhance digital images (such as alter brightness and contrast) immediately with computer software
  • Ability to view dental images on a large computer monitor
  • Digital radiography is more environmentally friendly
  • Digital images are easily stored on a computer

Panoramic X-Rays

This is a simple, comfortable x-ray of the upper and lower jaw from ear to ear.

This type of x-ray is taken to:

  • Show the position of wisdom teeth
  • Show any pathology in the bones
  • Show the level of the bone
  • Identify infection

This type of x-ray is generally not taken to diagnose tooth decay.