Although may people have heard of dental X-Rays, the majority do not know what it is exactly. Your Sherman Oaks Cosmetic Dentist is here to explain.
There are two main types of dental X-rays: intraoral and extraoral. The first means that the X-ray film is inside the mouth, and the later means that the X-ray film is outside the mouth.
If you are have receive a dental X-ray in the past, then you have most likely had an Intraoral X-Ray. These X-rays are the most common type of dental X-rays because they provide a lot of detail about your teeth. Specifically, these allow your Sherman Oaks cosmetic dentist to find cavities, check the health of the tooth root and bone surrounding the tooth, and monitor the general health of your teeth.
The less common types of dental X-rays are Extraoral X-rays. These dental X-rays show teeth, however their main focus is the jaw and skull. The reason these are used less often is because these X-rays do not show the detail found with intraoral X-rays and therefore are not used for detecting cavities or for identifying problems with specific teeth.
These X-rays are instead used to look for impacted teeth, monitor growth and development of the jaws in relation to the teeth, and to identify potential problems between teeth and jaws.
Hope this was of help to those interested in dental X-rays. Be sure to stay tuned for more from your Sherman Oaks Cosmetic Dentist.