About Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays are a critical part of the diagnostic process for oral health.  There are several types of X-rays that may be required for your visit.  Here are the main categories of X-rays:

Full Mouth Series: Also referred to as a “full set” of X-rays, a full mouth series is usually related to a comprehensive oral . This series of X-rays captures the whole mouth and is employed to determine an ingenious or baseline oral health and history. A full mouth set of X-rays may be a combination of “bitewing” and “periapical,” or “PA” X-rays.
Bitewing X-Rays: These X-rays show the upper and lower back teeth during a single view. this enables the dentist to ascertain how they touch one another and line up. this sort of x-ray also allows your dentist to ascertain any decay, bone loss, gum disease, or possible infection.
Periapical X-Rays: show the whole tooth, from the exposed crown to the top of the basis and therefore the bones that support the tooth. These X-rays are wont to find dental problems below the gum line or within the jaw, like impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts, tumors, and bone changes linked to some diseases.

checkup (Periodic) X-Rays: Also mentioned as “recall” X-rays, these are a mixture of bitewing and periapical X-rays. These X-rays are typically updated as required when combined with regular check-up visits.
Limited or problem-focused X-rays: These are usually a mixture of bitewing and periapical X-rays that are focused on a selected area to assist diagnose a selected issue, or taken during a procedure if needed.
Panoramic X-Ray: Also mentioned as a “pano” or “panoramic,” this sort of x-ray is usually used for specific sorts of treatment or diagnostics. A panoramic x-ray shows the whole mouth including jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular (TMJ) joint, in one image. Panoramic X-rays are often related to diagnosing molar issues, orthodontic consultations, implant and oral surgery consultations, or could also be recommended by the dentist if there’s a problem preventing a typical bitewing or periapical x-ray.