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You’ve probably had a dental x-ray taken of your teeth at least once, if not more. Would you like to learn more about what your dentist is doing and why? Here are some frequently asked questions and answers that may help:

What is an x-ray?

An x-ray, also known as a radiograph, is a type of electromagnetic radiation that passes through soft tissue and focuses on the dense tissue. Dental x-rays can, therefore, bypass your cheeks and gums to help a dentist look at your teeth, whether or not they’ve erupted above the gum line. As a side note, the level of radiation that x-rays use is minuscule and not dangerous for your body.

What are the advantages of x-rays?

The advantages can be immeasurable in the diagnosis, prevention, and preparation for certain dental treatments. X-rays assist Dr. Tae Chul Ho in discovering cavities, examining tooth roots, looking at periodontal disease, checking tooth growth, and prepping patients for restorative procedures—and that’s just a sample of what x-rays can do.

What types of x-rays does Waterview Dental Group use?

Ultimately, it depends on the needs of the patient. Here are some common ones:

Periapical: Displays an all-inclusive picture of a single tooth, from jawbone to root to crown.

Bitewing: Presents a side view of the bite, namely the upper and lower arches and how they connect

Panoramic: Shows an extensive view of all the dense tissue of the mouth and jaw.

Occlusal: Shows the progress of teeth that are still below the gum line

Would you like to book a dental exam at our dental office? If so, you can call our Waterview Dental Group in Portland, Connecticut at 860-342-4141.