Dental Radiographs are commonly called x-rays. Dentists use radiographs for many reasons: to find hidden cavities in between the teeth, bone loss, and possible cancerous masses.
Preferred Dental Care offers digital X-rays that reduces the amount of radiation by 90% compared to old film.
The periapical view is taken of both anterior and posterior teeth. The objective of this type of view is to capture the tip of the root on the film. This is often helpful in determining the cause of pain in a specific tooth, because it allows a dentist to visualize the tooth as well as the surrounding bone in their entirety.
The bitewing view is taken to visualize the crowns of the posterior teeth and the height of the alveolar bone in relation to the cementoenamel junctions, which are the demarcation lines on the teeth which separate tooth crown from tooth root. Routine bitewing radiographs are commonly used to examine for interdental caries and recurrent caries.
The panoramic view helps visualize the entire mouth and any possible cancerous masses. It is routinely used to see the position of “wisdom” teeth to determine the need for possible extractions.