Different Kinds of Dental X-Rays

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Dental X-rays are a diagnostic tool used to help our dentist detect any decay, infection, or other issues that are not visible with the naked eye. Dr. Bruce Brumm may decide to take dental X-rays at your regular dental exam. How often he takes X-rays is based on your age, oral health, risk for disease, and any signs or symptoms of an oral disease.

There are several different types of X-rays, including:

Intraoral X-Rays: The X-ray film is inside the mouth. The detail of these X-rays allows our dentist to detect cavities, monitor the status of developing teeth, check the health of the teeth and jawbone, and inspect the health of tooth roots.

Extraoral X-Rays: The X-ray film is outside the mouth. Even though they do show the teeth, the main focus of these X-rays is the jaw and skull. Extraoral X-rays are used to detect impacted teeth, monitor the development of the jaws in relation to the teeth, and detect any potential problems with the temporomandibular joint.

Digital X-Rays: Modern technology allows dentists to use digital X-rays, or digital imaging. With digital imaging, there is no X-ray film to be developed in a dark room. Instead, the images are sent directly to the computer, where they can be viewed, printed, and saved. Digital X-rays can be enhanced and enlarged so that our dentist can more easily spot any dental issues and show you where the problem is. Digital images can be sent electronically to a specialist, if needed.

We invite you to contact our office today to learn more about digital imaging in San Diego, California, and to schedule your next visit.