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Time For Your Dental Pictures

Time For Your Dental Pictures

Just like school and family photos, your teeth should have their close-up photo opportunities to let us help you keep your teeth and smile look their best. If you ever have been to a dentist, then you are familiar with the glamor shot costume of the lead apron and bite plates that you place between your teeth. Then on the count of three, we hear a small beep and the fabulous close-up shots are taken for your dental team.

To better understand what the different types of dental X-rays are and what each shot could reveal, let us take a closer look at three of the most common types of dental x-rays.

The Bite in Bitewing X-Rays

As you might have guessed from the name, bitewing X-rays are the ones where you must bite down on a piece of dental film before the image is taken. Because the dental film is inside your mouth, bitewing X-rays are a type of intraoral X-ray. Normally, there will be one X-ray taken for each of the four quadrants of your mouth.

Bitewing X-rays are taken to give our dental team a clear view of the crevices between your teeth, which are difficult to see with the naked eye. With these images, we can quickly check for tooth decay and cavities in those areas.

Smile For Your Close-Up: Periapical X-Rays

This intraoral X-ray is the close-up of the dental world. If a specific tooth or area in your mouth is bothering you, we’ll probably take a periapical X-ray to get a clear idea of what’s going on there, but they may in conjunction with bitewing X-rays even if you aren’t aware of an apparent tooth problem.

The Whole Picture: Panoramic X-Rays

Has an X-ray technician ever had you stand on a circular platform and had you stand still for several seconds while a machine spun around your head? If so, then you have had the most common type of extraoral dental X-ray – the panoramic X-ray.

With the panoramic X-ray, we can see your entire mouth in one image, because the camera travels all the way around your head while taking the picture. This particular type of X-ray show incoming adult teeth and wisdom teeth, including any that are impacted. These in-depth views are how we determine if there’s enough room for your adult and wisdom teeth to come in and if they will come in on their own. Panoramic X-rays are also easier to detect things like tumors, cysts, and abscesses.

Our Early Warning Detectors

All of the X-ray types we use are simple, low-risk tools that help us detect dental problems early on, maybe before you have even noticed anything! However, for us to be able to do that, it is critical that you come in for your regular cleanings and dental exams.

Ready For Your Smile’s Next Close-Up?

Here at Grove Smiles Dentistry in Coconut Grove, FL we are proud to have served thousands of families over the last thirty years. Dr. Stephen Parr continues to look forward to helping you, and your families not only keep your healthy sparkling smiles for life but to help improve your health.

If you are looking to whiten, brighten, and keep your teeth healthy for life, call our fantastic team of dentists and hygienists today and let us help you create that confident smile you will love to continue to share.

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For Your Health,

Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S. and Dr. Rita Dargham D.M.D.

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Grove Smiles Dentistry

Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S., P.A.
2685 Bird Avenue
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Phone: 305-858-0505
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