Dental x-rays (or radiographs) are used to give the dentist or hygienist more information about the teeth, that cannot be determined in any other way. Your dental team will use traditional means to detect any potential problems with your teeth and supporting bone, however, there are many sites we just cannot see or even feel with our instruments.
Some conditions often requiring x-rays are: such as dental decay ('holes'), periodontal disease (gum disease), large cracks, infection, bone disease around dental implants. X-rays are also used during orthodontics (braces), root canal fillings and after trauma.
The type of x-ray taken is dependent on the information that is needed. At Dimos Dental, our technology allows us to not only taken traditional intraoral (in mouth) x-rays, but also OPGs (panoramic jaw x-rays), Lateral Ceph (side-view head and mouth) and a 3D x-ray known as a Cone Beam CT or CBCT.
Your dental team values your health to the utmost, so x-rays are only taken when it is necessary. For this reason also, Dimos Dental only uses low dose digital x-rays. Additionally, we have invested in non-xray imaging to aid our team in their examinations. Infrared cameras, known as Diagnocams, and colour digital intraoral (in mouth) cameras are regularly used to assess, diagnose and record areas of concern. These images also allow our patient's to 'see what we see'.