On X-rays you will be able to discover cavities or periodontitis in their early stages. With X-rays, we’re able to step in with preventative treatment before any problems develop.
X-rays are also used in connection with, for example, root canals, tooth extractions, dental operations, and other treatments where it’s important to examine the roots of the teeth or the shape of the tooth canals.
In some case, we will need a special X-ray with panoramic X-ray or CBCT (3D X-ray).
We use modern X-rays from which the amount of radiation is very low. According to the dental association, the amount of radiation from these X-rays is so low that you can’t register any harmful effect.
A panoramic X-ray provides a complete overview of the bottom part of the face in which all teeth, the jaw, and the jaw joint are visible. Thus, a panoramic X-ray is a useful method when your dentist needs the full overview of the entire set of teeth and jaw in two dimensions. Panoramic photographs are particularly useful for surgical treatments.
However, panoramic X-rays won’t show every single tooth in detail, and thus, X-rays of individual teeth are the optimal solution if your dentist needs particularly precise photographs.
The amount of radiation from panoramic X-rays is very low, approximately the equivalent of having two or three regular X-rays taken.
How Does Panoramic X-Rays Work?
Panoramic X-rays are taken from outside the mouth which means you won’t have to bite down on film in your mouth. Instead, we will show you to our machine which will move around your jaw to take the photographs digitally. It will only take a couple of seconds to have a panoramic X-ray taken.
A Panoramic X-Ray May Be Needed:
– Before removing one or several wisdom teeth
– Before and after attaching implants
– Before treatments with removable partial or complete dentures
CBCT (3D X-Ray)
A CBCT scanner (Cone Beam CT scanner) provides a three-dimensional representation. Thus, a CBCT scan will provide your dentist with an overview of teeth, bone, and jaw from all sides. Therefore, a CBCT scan also makes it possible to measure distances with pin-point precision whereas regular X-rays may provide distortions.
With a CBCT scan, we’re able to see much more than with a traditional X-ray, and thus, CBCT scans can help us determine problems which have been very difficult to account for. These might be cases of cracks or fractures, cysts or inflammatory conditions, or problems with staple pins.
A CBCT scan can be very useful for advanced treatments. This could be attaching implants where we use the scan to assess the dimensions and quality of the jawbone. It could also be before removing a wisdom tooth with a complicated placement where the scan will show the anatomical structures in detail.