Digital Dental radiographs (x-rays) are taken during your visit. X-Rays are essential, preventative and diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. This information is used to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
The advantage of having an OPG machine is that this apparatus can take an X-ray of most of the facial bones and the teeth within them. This instantly gives the dentist a good idea of the general situation such as the location of broken/fractured teeth, deeply located and hidden dental decay, and the thickness of bone and gum levels. It also provides us with further knowledge such as the detection of unerupted teeth(usually wisdom teeth), bone available for implant placement, and last but not least, the detection of certain cysts or other pathology which dental surgeons come across from time to time.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
Following initial visual examination, if nothing abnormal is noted, 2 bite wing radiographs are taken, one on the left and the other on the right. These give us information about the top surfaces of posterior teeth. It is recommended that this type of radiograph is taken every 2 years. This X-ray in conjunction with a digital radiographic system involves very little exposure to the patient.