A dental examination and x-rays are very important to help your dentist determine the health of your teeth, gums and mouth. Your dentist will examine your entire mouth and gently explore the state of your teeth and gums, talking you through the process step by step.
Why do I need a dental x-ray?
Your dentist will take x-rays of your mouth to assist with the initial diagnosis in the exam. A selection of our practices offer panoramic x-rays also known as OPG’s (Orthopantomogram), which show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and jaw joints, and reveal problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumours), infections and fractures.
If you have any dental problems, it is always best to contact your Maven Dental Group dentist for an exam and x-rays, so they can provide you with a treatment plan that is unique to you.
What kind of x-rays are there?
Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. Digital x-rays are essential, diagnostic tools that provide information not visible during a visual dental exam. Your clinician will use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden problems and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
This technique uses a sensor or small digital film that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping your clinician detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation by 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Bitewing x-rays show the upper and lower back teeth and how the teeth touch each other in a single view. These x-rays are used to check for decay between the teeth and to show how well the upper and lower teeth line up. They also show bone loss when severe gum disease or a dental infection is present. Most, if not all dentists have this technology available.
(Available at selected Maven Dental Group practices)
Your clinician may use an OPG to get a general overview of your mouth, especially those hard to reach areas.
This image allows your clinician to see:
Any changes in your bone that supports your teeth (checking for signs of periodontal disease)
All of your teeth from the crown to the bottom of the root (checking for abscesses, fractures, impacted wisdom tooth positions or ill-fitting restorations)