Extraoral x-rays snap an image from the outside of your mouth. An extraoral x-ray takes a big-picture approach. These snapshots reveal your skull and jaw. Gum disease and poor oral health can cause decay in your jaw as well, and it is important for dentists to see the full picture sometimes.
Cone-Beam Tomography (CBCT)
A machine rotates around your head and takes pictures as it revolves. This allows CBCT x-rays to give three-dimensional views of your teeth and skull. This form of x-ray is commonly used during the dental implant process.
If a dentist needs to see all aspects of your mouth in a single image, he chooses to use a panoramic x-ray. Panoramic x-rays are a bit different because your dentist must position you in the right place. One part of the x-ray circles your back of the head while the film circles the front. This allows the panoramic view of your mouth and jaw. Some people read or hear about the panoramic x-ray and get nervous. But there is nothing to worry about. Most of the time, they actually emit less radiation than intraoral x-rays.
Parkcrest Dental Group Provides Quality Dental Care
X-rays help Parkcrest Dental Group dentists assess your teeth and make informed recommendations. You shouldn’t let x-rays freak you out. Remember that they are part of the process of improving your oral health. If you have questions or concerns, contact Parkcrest Dental Group.