Dental X-Rays

A dental X-ray is an invaluable tool that we use to help you keep your teeth healthy and clean. Your dental X-rays will provide Dr. Nora Balota and our dental hygienists to view the structures of your mouth, notice any abnormalities, and diagnose problems in the teeth and jawbone.

Purposes of Dental X-Rays

There are many reasons why you may need to have dental X-rays taken at our office. Some of these reasons include:

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Types of dental x-rays

There are two main types of dental X-rays, known as intraoral X-rays (when the X-ray film is placed inside the mouth) and extraoral X-rays (when the X-ray film is placed outside the mouth). They are each described below:

Intraoral X-rays

These types of X-rays are the most common kinds used in dental offices. If you’ve made regular visits to the dentist, chances are that you’ve received a few sets of intraoral X-rays. These types of X-rays are used to find evidence of tooth decay, dental cavities, and to view the roots of the teeth. There are three different types of intraoral X-rays, which are:

Extraoral X-rays

Extraoral X-rays are taken from the outside of the mouth, and their main focus is on the skull and jawbones. These types of X-rays are taken to monitor the growth and the development of the bones, and to view impacted teeth. Additionally, if you suffer temporomandibular joint problems, this is the type of X-ray we’ll use to view the problem. Because these types of X-rays are less detailed than intraoral X-rays, they aren’t used to detect decay, cavities, or problems in an individual tooth.

If you have any concerns regarding your dental X-rays, please don’t hesitate to contact Balota Family Dentistry here in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and address any concerns.

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