Dental X-rays at OakHeights family Dental – Dallas

Dr. Marneni, An active member of American Dental Association, Dental X- rays plays crucial role in dental treatment because they help to detect the damage teeth and gums that are not visible during routine checkup.  Generally dental X-rays are the images of teeth, bones and tissue surrounding them. X-rays helps the OakHeights Family dentist to determine condition of the teeth, their roots and jaw placement. They also useful to estimate the degree of gum diseases, cavities, abscesses and abnormal conditions like cysts and tumor growth.

Commonly used radiographs in dental checkup at OakHeights family dental in Dallas are

  • Periapical X-ray: this radiograph shows the tooth from tip of the crown to the root end along with the bones that support the tooth. This X-ray helps dentist to determine reason of pain in specific tooth.
  • Bitewings: used to check decay between the teeth and also shows the upper and lower teeth line up. It also shows the bone lose in case of dental infection or gum disease. This radiograph is single view of upper and lower back teeth and their lineup.
  • Panoromic radiographs: these are extraoral films used to determine problems such as infections, tumors, fractures, bone abnormalities and impacted tooth. This radiograph allows the view of upper teeth, lower teeth and parts of jaw in one image.
  • Occlusal X-rays: this X-ray show the roof or floor of the mouth, to check extra teeth or teeth have not yet broken out of the gums. Also shows the jaw fractures, cleft palate, tumors, cysts and May also useful to find foreign objects.
  • Full mouth X-rays: usually abbreviated as FMX, is an intraoral X-ray set of a patient’s teeth and attached tissue. Full mouth series radiographs includes bitewing X-rays, posterior and anterior periapicals. It is composed of 14 – 21 films taken on the same day and usually done during person’s first visit to OakHeights family dentist in Dallas.

How do they take radiographs?

  • Dental radiographs are taken in OakHeights Dallas dental office.
  • The OakHeights family dental technician and other staff in the room or lab wear required protective covering.
  • Patient will be asked to sit upright in the chair and dental technician will cover you with heavy lead apron which shields patient body from X-rays. The OakHeights family dental technician may cover patient’s neck with collar of the apron to shield the thyroid gland from radiation.
  • The OakHeights Family dental technician will leave patient bite down on a small piece of cardboard or plastic which holds X-ray film. Patient may be asked to do this for several times to get pictures of all teeth.
  • Digital radiographsare one of the newest X-ray techniques. Standard X-ray film is replaced with a flat electronic pad or sensor. We, in OakHeights family dental care Dallas city prefer Digital Radiography. Instead of developing X-ray film in a dark room, the X-rays are sent directly to a computer and can be viewed on screen, stored, or printed out. Less radiation is needed to make an image with digital radiography than with standard dental X-rays and also no wait time for X – ray to develop. These images can be electronically send to other dentist or referred specialist.



Dr. Marneni also says the amount of radiation received from a dental x-ray is extremely small. With modern techniques and equipment, risks are kept to a minimum. However, your OakHeights Family dentist will always take care to use X-rays only when they need to. If you are a pregnant you should always inform to your OakHeights family dentist. They will take extra care and will probably not use X-rays unless they really have to, particularly during the first three months. Although there is no proof that a routine dental X-ray could harm a developing fetus, dentists usually suggest you, wait to have your X-rays until after the baby is born.

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