X-rays are one of the most common diagnostic tools in dentistry. They help us spot potential issues with your teeth and gums, and start treatment before they become problems. These digital images can reveal signs of infection, disease, trauma, bone loss and more.
The Benefits of Digital X-Rays
At Dentistry at Millennium Park, our goal is to provide the best dental care, and digital x-rays help us do that.
We typically take x-rays once a year—during every other dental hygiene appointment. However, this may differ for you, depending on your individual dental situation and treatment plan. We review the x-rays immediately, as part of your visit, then store them in your patient record for future reference.
Intraoral X-Rays vs. Extraoral X-Rays
The most common type of digital x-rays we use are called intraoral x-rays, which means the x-ray film is inside your mouth. To take these, we have you bite down on a safe sensor, then take the picture. This gives us a highly-detailed image of your teeth, gums, and mouth, allowing us to:
- Locate cavities
- Examine the roots of your teeth and the bones in your mouth
- See the overall health of your mouth, teeth, and gums
Extraoral x-rays are captured outside your mouth. We use them to look more broadly at your mouth, teeth and jaw structure. Extraoral x-rays help us:
- Identify impacted teeth
- Monitor tooth growth and development
- Examine facial bones
- See the teeth and jaw connection
- Detect the presence of cysts, tumors or oral cancer
At Dentistry at Millennium Park, our goal is to provide you with the best dental care, and digital x-rays help us do it by making it possible for us to detect and diagnose a variety of oral health issues. If you have any questions about digital dental x-rays, give us a call today: (312) 883-9316.