Las Vegas Intraoral X-Rays
Most dental patients receive x-rays at least once a year during one of their bi-annual visits. Dentists practicing in Las Vegas take x-rays to look for tooth decay, for diagnostic reasons, and as preparation for restorative/cosmetic dental procedures. Intraoral films are one of the two types of dental films; extraoral films make up the other version. Most dental insurance and plans provide coverage for dental x-rays.
What Are Intraoral X-Rays?
With this style of radiograph (x-ray), the film is placed on the inside of the mouth. During the film taking, the patient is covered with a special apron that protects against low-level radiation.
What Types of Intraoral X-Rays Are There?
Three types of intraoral films exist, including bite-wing x-rays, periapical x-rays, and occlusal x-rays. Each style of film is designed to show a specific area of the mouth. Therefore, the reason for taking a radio-graph determines which type is taken.
What Are Bitewing X-rays?
The most common type of intraoral films, bite-wing x-rays are typically taken once a year to diagnose existing decay in the teeth. They can also identify the presence of periodontal disease or provide perspective when creating a fitting for a crown or cast restoration. Bite-wing films show the teeth from their crowns down to the supporting bone tissue.
What Are Periapical X-rays?
Periapical x-rays are utilized when the entire dimension of the tooth is needed for diagnostic reasons or treatment planning. This style of film portrays the entire tooth from its crown to its roots, which anchor the tooth to the jaw bone. Periapical films show all of the teeth in a portion of either the upper or lower jaw. This type of radiograph is most helpful when an abnormality in the bone tissue or root structure of a tooth is suspected.
What Are Occlusal X-rays?
Occlusal x-rays depict the full development of the teeth. Each film depicts the lower arch and bottom of the mouth or upper arch of the teeth with the roof of the mouth. This style of film is often used to search for extra teeth or to help in the diagnosis of a jaw fracture. It can also be used to look for cysts.
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