X-ray technology has been used extensively in the field of medicine and dentistry. It is quite a useful diagnostic tool that gives healthcare providers a better view of the underlying tissues. In dentistry, we use x-rays to understand the jawbone structure, analyze tooth roots and root canal cavities, damaged teeth, injuries or deteriorated jawbone, etc.
Why do we use x-rays?
- Dentists would have to analyze the underlying tissues, such as the tooth roots, jawbone, etc., in certain instances. X-rays help us get a better view of these issues, thereby allowing us to make more precise moves while treating you.
- Sometimes, cavities or cracks that appear on the teeth can go unnoticed or may be present on the hard-to-view spots on them. X-rays can be used to spot them precisely.
- X-rays give us an understanding of how your teeth are aligned with each other when we have to diagnose malocclusion and come up with a suitable orthodontic solution.
- They also prove to be quite effective while determining your candidacy for dental implants.
- Unhealthy growth of tissues such as cysts, an underlying cancerous growth, lesions, etc., can be detected using x-rays.
What are panoramic x-rays?
When the dentist has to get a view of all the teeth in one single x-ray image, panoramic x-rays would be the most suitable option. Panoramic x-rays are quite useful in determining the position of the fully erupted as well as partially erupted teeth. In the case of impacted wisdom teeth, the extent of impaction can also be determined using x-rays, which also show any damage to the adjoining tooth roots or the underlying jawbone. Some of the other uses of panoramic x-rays include determining the extent of teeth drifting, jawbone deterioration, detection of tumors, etc.
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