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The entire experience was great. The dental assistant or hygienist was very thorough and the dentist was just great. So much better than expected!!
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Todo el personal fue muy amable. Pero no me gusto porque no me hicieron limpieza de mis dientes en la primera cita sólo radiografía. Lo ciento por mi comentario
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DENTAL X-RAYS

Nowadays it is very common that when you visit your dentist, you are asked to take an x-ray. There are many reasons to take an x-ray, either dental (periapical) or panoramic, which will allow our dentists in Oxnard,  Santa Paula, Ventura, Newbury Park or Port Hueneme to be a fundamental tool to evaluate the parts of the mouth and detect hidden conditions that are not seen with the naked eye. This helps them to obtain an accurate diagnosis of some oral diseases, or to make a complete evaluation of all the structures.

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Elderly patient getting a panoramic dental x-ray

1. WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT DENTAL X-RAYS?

Dental X-rays constitute images depicting teeth and nearby structures, obtained using X-ray machines. These machines emit electromagnetic waves capable of penetrating teeth, bone, and tissues, resulting in an image, whether captured conventionally on analog “film” or in the modern digital format. Dental X-rays are diverse in types, with intraoral and extraoral being prevalent, particularly the widely used Periapical and Panoramic variants.

Elderly patient getting a panoramic dental x-ray

1. WHAT ARE DENTAL X-RAYS?

They are images of the teeth and their neighboring structures that are obtained by an X-ray machine. These devices emit electromagnetic waves that can pass through teeth, bone, and tissues and then to form an image on a “film”; this can be “analog” (conventional) or digital. There are different types of dental x-rays; we have the intraoral and extraoral, being the most common the Periapical and Panoramic.

Young ethnic girl in dental office making x-ray

2.WHAT ARE PERIAPICAL RADIOGRAPHS?

Periapical radiographs, which are for each tooth in particular, are of great help in detailing the position, root anatomy, and state of the surrounding bone. These can be indicated for all teeth in the mouth.

2. INSIGHT INTO PERIAPICAL RADIOGRAPHS

Periapical radiographs, designed for individual teeth, play a vital role in providing detailed information regarding tooth position, root structure, and the condition of the surrounding bone. They are a valuable diagnostic tool applicable to all teeth in the mouth.

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3. WHAT DO PERIAPICAL RADIOGRAPHS ENTAIL?

Periapical radiographs, focusing on individual teeth, offer detailed information about tooth position, root anatomy, and the condition of the adjacent bone. These radiographs can be conducted for every tooth present in the mouth.

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4. FOR WHAT REASONS MIGHT THE DENTIST REQUEST A DENTAL X-RAY?

There are many reasons to perform a dental x-ray; among them, we have the following:

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4. WHAT PROMPTS A DENTIST TO SUGGEST A DENTAL X-RAY?

There are several reasons why a dental x-ray might be suggested, including:

  • Dental Cavities:

They permit dentists to visualize cavities between teeth (interproximal) that can be tricky to detect through typical clinical examinations. Furthermore, they aid in the detection of cavities that have developed under previous dental fillings.

  • Periodontal Ailment:

Identifying this condition and starting treatment can aid in delaying its progression.

  • Tooth abscess and cysts::

Detecting these conditions is impossible with the unaided eye, highlighting the need for radiographs, given their occurrence at the tooth’s apex.

  • Back molars:

They allow us to observe their arrangement and how they interact with nearby structures, aiding in the decision of extraction or preservation within the mouth.

Dentists looking and pointing to xray at the dental clinic

Detect tumors and diseases such as sinusitis.

side view of dentists looking at xray picture of teeth in hand against dental lamp

Evaluate anomalies in dental development.

Panoramic x-ray

Evaluate injured teeth.

Woman dentist examines x-ray of patient in interior of office

Evaluate jaw growth.

4. How to have an invisalign aligner?

Invisalign aligners are a completely digital system, so at the first appointment, impressions of the upper and lower teeth will be accurately taken. Alternatively, by scanning your teeth three-dimensionally using special software, advanced computer-assisted 3D technology will transform the impressions of your mouth into a series of clear, removable, custom-made retainers.

After a thorough analysis of the final position, and movement and adjustments to be made, the treatment is approved. Depending upon the approved plan, you will start receiving about 12 to 48 different aligners in total.

On the second visit, you will receive your aligners to wear one pair for approximately 2 weeks, taking them out only to eat, drink, brush and floss. For check-ups, you will need to visit us once a month or every 2 months; we will give you new retainers at each appointment.

Stomatologist in coverall explaining dental problem using digital monitor

5. WHY ARE X-RAYS IMPORTANT FOR DENTISTS?

  • They complement the clinical evaluation of a patient.
  • They are instrumental in all stages of treatment, as they can corroborate and complement an initial diagnosis and thus, plan an individualized treatment for each patient.
  • It constitutes a complementary diagnostic element to all dental specialties, not only in the initial stage of diagnosis and treatment planning but also as an immediate control. 
  • It allows us to evaluate the quality of the treatment, such as control of endodontics, restorations, fixed rehabilitations, implants, cystic lesions, tumor lesions, dental trauma, maxillofacial trauma, etc.

 

According to the American Dental Association (ADA): “Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage saves time, money and unnecessary discomfort, in this case, dental x-rays are perfect for detecting problems in the mouth that would otherwise go undetected.”

5. WHY DENTAL X-RAYS MATTER:

Dental X-rays are crucial:

They serve as an additional diagnostic tool across various dental specialties, aiding not only in the initial diagnostic and treatment planning stages but also in immediate monitoring and quality evaluation of treatment.

4. How to have an invisalign aligner?

Invisalign aligners are a completely digital system, so at the first appointment, impressions of the upper and lower teeth will be accurately taken. Alternatively, by scanning your teeth three-dimensionally using special software, advanced computer-assisted 3D technology will transform the impressions of your mouth into a series of clear, removable, custom-made retainers.

After a thorough analysis of the final position, and movement and adjustments to be made, the treatment is approved. Depending upon the approved plan, you will start receiving about 12 to 48 different aligners in total.

On the second visit, you will receive your aligners to wear one pair for approximately 2 weeks, taking them out only to eat, drink, brush and floss. For check-ups, you will need to visit us once a month or every 2 months; we will give you new retainers at each appointment.

Stomatologist in coverall explaining dental problem using digital monitor
Stomatologist and nurse examining dental x ray scan

6. DOES IT HURT TO GET X-RAYS?

The evolution in technology has also led to safer dental X-ray machines and decreased radiation effects.

The radiation that patients experience when taking modern X-rays is extremely low, so it is no longer a problem.

Digital radiography makes it possible to reduce radiation, exposure time and improve image quality.

Stomatologist and nurse examining dental x ray scan
  • According to the American Dental Association (ADA), “Timely identification and management of dental conditions are key to saving both time and money, while minimizing discomfort. Dental x-rays excel in uncovering oral issues that might otherwise remain undetected.”

6.Special considerations

Despite all these advantages, this treatment requires the patient’s cooperation and perseverance. Before starting the treatment with Invisalign, you should know that the minimum use of 22 hours a day is required for visible effects in the planned time. Hygiene will be fundamental: the teeth must be clean before placing them and they must be removed to eat.

The hygiene routine is exactly the same as that used before the use of aligners. There is no need for additional special care since oral hygiene is performed without the aligners in place or any device that could affect the routine. It is not advisable to smoke with the aligners in place as they could be damaged.

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6. DO X-RAYS CAUSE PAIN?

Technological advancements have rendered dental X-ray machines safer, greatly reducing radiation impact. In contemporary X-ray procedures, the level of radiation exposure is exceedingly low, alleviating concerns about pain. Digital radiography plays a role in minimizing radiation, exposure time, and enhancing the quality of images.

6.Special considerations

Despite all these advantages, this treatment requires the patient’s cooperation and perseverance. Before starting the treatment with Invisalign, you should know that the minimum use of 22 hours a day is required for visible effects in the planned time. Hygiene will be fundamental: the teeth must be clean before placing them and they must be removed to eat.

The hygiene routine is exactly the same as that used before the use of aligners. There is no need for additional special care since oral hygiene is performed without the aligners in place or any device that could affect the routine. It is not advisable to smoke with the aligners in place as they could be damaged.

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7. Contact Us

If you have any questions about this topic or any other, please feel free to contact or visit us at Channel Islands Family Dental.

At Channel Islands Family Dental, we will be attentive to your visit to make a timely diagnosis.  In addition, our dentists in Oxnard, Santa Paula, Ventura, Newbury Park or Port Hueneme will be able to guide you to the best treatment to bring back your best smile.

7. Contact Us

If you have any questions about this topic or any other, please feel free to contact or visit us at Channel Islands Family Dental.

At Channel Islands Family Dental, we will be attentive to your visit to make a timely diagnosis.  In addition, ourdentists in Oxnard,Santa Paula,Ventura, Newbury Park or Port Hueneme will be able to guide you to the best treatment to bring back your best smile.

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