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Different Types of Dental X-rays

Published on July 20th, 2018

As our mouths progress and change, it is important to address any developing issues as soon as they occur. Receiving dental x-rays is a great way to see the progress that you’ve made as well as the progress that’s still to come. Depending on the development of your mouth, you will receive dental x-rays from our dentists in Lincoln Park every one-to-two years. But did you know that there are different types of dental x-rays? Here are the most common types of dental x-rays and when each type is used.

  • Periapical: this type of x-ray focuses on two complete teeth from root to crown.
  • Bitewing: Just as it sounds, bitewing x-rays involve biting down on a special piece of paper that is placed inside of your mouth to determine how well your crowns match up. This technique is also helpful in determining whether or not you have cavities in-between your teeth.
  • Occlusal: Capturing all of your teeth in one shot can help detect any abnormalities, as well as make it easy for our dentists in Lincoln Park to determine how well your upper and lower teeth line up.
  • Panoramic: This type of x-ray is useful for checking your wisdom teeth. A machine rotates around your head to get a 360-view.

Dental x-rays are a great way to track your mouth’s progress! Your age, overall health, symptoms of oral disease and your oral health history all have an impact on how often you need x-rays. Contact our dentists in Lincoln Park to set up your next appointment!

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