Diagnostic Dental X-Rays

dentist looking at xray with patientDiagnostic X-rays and/or CT scans are necessary to find an appropriate implant size based on the remaining jawbone.

The length of the roots is determined with the help of diagnostic equipment as well as radiographs (x-rays), and eventually, if the clinician determines, the canals can be dried and filled with root-canal cement along with a non-metallic filler.

Diagnostic Films

These are photos taken of your dental skeleton using radiograph technology for the purpose of providing information to the dentist that otherwise may not be visible. It is also necessary for the preventative care of your oral health. Your oral health professional will use the information provided in the photo to supplement the exam to give you the best treatment possible.

At Dr. Bonnick’s office, the use of digital films helps to cut down on radiation subjected to the patients. Not only is digital technology safer for you, but it is also an environmentally friendly photo because there is no chemical process.

When it comes to taking the necessary x-rays, several precautions are used to limit radiation exposure. All of the appropriate guidelines are followed from the lead apron and throat protectors, to fast digital photos.

It is often recommended that the dental provider takes diagnostic photos once per year, but it heavily depends on your individual needs. The photos that are taken range from a panoramic view of your mouth as a whole to individual tooth pictures (called bite-wings). Each of these photos serves a different purpose in identifying’the most effective way to care for your dental health.

What can be learned from diagnostic films:
  • Presence of infections or cysts
  • Bone health
  • Tumors
  • Decay between the teeth
  • Poor tooth or root development
  • Abnormalities inside a tooth or below the gum line

Have questions about dental x-rays or want to have some taken