Dental exams and Dental X-rays are vital to ensure that one’s teeth are in healthy shape and form. At our facility, we encourage patients to undergo routine exams and check-ups so that they can be sure that they are not on the verge of any serious disease. It is vital for patients to realize that oral hygiene and maintenance is just as important as the rest of the parts of the body. Routine check-ups would ensure that patients aren’t developing any hidden dental diseases and rule out if any symptoms exist.
What are dental exams and X-rays?
A dental examination is a periodic check-up advised to patients to have their teeth, gums, and tissues examined. The primary intention of a dental examination is to rule out the existing condition of the mouth and possibility of any dental condition that is yet to expect. A thorough dental examination is vital as it would help prevent the chances of dental and other dental related problems. A dental examination will help professionals to rule out:
- The areas of the teeth having the accumulation of infection-causing bacteria.
- Existing malocclusions, tooth decay or breakage.
- If the patient is suffering from deprivation of bone density.
- If current restorations are intact, in proper shape, healthy, or not.
- Presence of any cysts, tumors, or nodes showing signs of cancer.
A dental X-ray is a diagnostic procedure done in order to make sure that the structure of the teeth is in normal form and shape. They will help understand and rule out any dental abnormalities such as dental cavities, malocclusions, gaps, hidden teeth such as wisdom teeth, etc. Our practice also provides our patients with digital X-rays which are much safer in terms of exposure to radiation. A dental X-ray will help professionals to rule out conditions that may not be visible otherwise:
- It will help rule out the possibilities of bone loss.
- Help identify positions of nodes and tumors.
- Help identify cavities and decayed teeth.
- Ensure that the roots of the teeth are in normal shape and form.
- Rule out any malocclusions, and gaps.
- Can reveal issues prevailing inside the teeth.
- Show signs of breakage.
What is the procedure for a dental examination?
A typical dental examination will involve: Assessment of patient’s medical history. A thorough examination of the mouth for the possible signs of breakage, cavities, malocclusions and gaps. An extensive examination will be done in order to ensure any signs of gum disease, tumors, and cysts. Dentists will ensure that current dental restorations are in proper place.
What are the types of dental X-rays?
A dental X-ray will provide images of the teeth’s bone structure. There are several types of dental X-rays:
- Bitewing: Shows images of the top and bottom portions of the teeth.
- Periapical: Shows images of the teeth from the crown region till its root.
- Palatal: Shows images of the entire set of teeth.
- Panoramic: Shows images of the jaws and teeth. It will help professionals evaluate the teeth before
- placing any type of dental restorations.