At Jordan Landing Smiles in West Jordan, providing first rate dental care is much easier when we have extensive, comprehensive information about their patients’ oral health.
Pictures are more accurate than written notes. They show what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth are worth even more than a thousand words. Along with a thorough visual oral exam, most dentists want complete and up-to-date X-rays.
There are several types of x-rays:
- Bite-Wing x-rays give us a picture of the upper and lower back teeth. We can see how they touch each other and see if there is any decay.
- Panoramic x-rays give us the big picture: a view of the teeth, jaws and jaw joints, nasal area, and even the sinuses. These are especially useful if we think the patient may need orthodontics or a dental implant.
- Occlusal x-rays show us the floor of the mouth, and the bite of the upper or lower jaw. They’re good for showing the development of children’s teeth, both the baby and permanent teeth.
The frequency we take X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more frequently.
X-rays use radiation, but are designed to minimize patient exposure. Patients only get negligible amounts, making them safe. The latest generations of x-rays reduce radiation even more. Still, we take the added safety measure of covering the patient with a heavy leaded apron and collar.