GENERAL DENTISTRY

Dental X-Rays

Radiographs, commonly known as x-rays, give us the ability to see those areas between and inside your teeth that are not visible to the naked eye.  Panorex x-rays help us see the condition of your teeth, roots, jaw placement and facial bone composition. We can also view the tips of the roots of your teeth and the bone underneath your gums. Although they are generally used as part of a routine examination to rule out dental disease, x-rays also help us in diagnosing other dental problems like impacted wisdom teeth, cysts or tumours.

Dental X-Rays at Marigold Dental

At Marigold Dental we strive to provide the best dental care possible and sometimes a visual examination doesn’t allow us to see everything we need. Thanks to the advanced technology of digital imaging, we can accurately spot trouble early on within our patient’s mouths, gums, jaws, and teeth. Treating problems at an early stage can save teeth, cost, avoid pain and maintain your overall health. 

Why Dental X-Rays?

Dental x-rays are generally performed  as part of a regular oral check-up to help our dentists identify
dental issues that cannot be detected by a visual examination.  X-rays also help detect dental issues at an early stage so that your dentist can treat the problem before it worsens or becomes painful, costly or sometimes even life threatening. X-Rays generally help your dentist in the diagnosis of:

  • Decay between teeth or beneath existing fillings
  • Position and condition of teeth to help prepare for dental
          implants, dentures, braces and other dental procedures
  • Cysts and tumors
  • Bone loss in jaw
  • Abscesses 
  • Changes in bone or root canals due to infection
If you’re visiting Marigold Dental for the first time but you have already had x-rays taken recently, no problem.  Let us know and we will request them for you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

In general practice, x-rays are often performed yearly to monitor your teeth. However, they may be taken more frequently if your dentist finds a dental issue in your mouth that requires closer observation.

X-Rays were once considered a source of harmful radiation, but with the advance of high contrast digital imaging designed to reduce radiation up to 90%, x-rays are now considered safe and the patient’s exposure negligible.

The dental x-rays can be broadly classified into 2 types, Intraoral X-Rays and Extraoral X-Rays.
1. Intraoral X-Rays: These are the most commonly used type of dental x-rays and can be further classified as bitewing, periapical and occlusal X-Rays.
2. Extraoral X-Rays: Generally used to detect problems in the jaw and skull. They are further classified as, Panoramic X-rays, CBCT or Cone Beam Computed Tomograms, Cephalometric and Sialogram