X-rays are an important part of a dentist’s diagnosis and assessment of the condition of a patient’s teeth. Most new patients have a full set of x-rays taken and check-up x-rays are taken as needed.
At Clover Creek Dental we take digital X-rays. This new state-of-the-art technology allows the dentist to obtain high quality radiographs while reducing the radiation exposure to the patient. Dr. McLaughlin uses X-rays to examine the roots, jaws, and facial bones of the patient. X-rays provide valuable information in determining the degree of decay, periodontal disease, abscesses or any pathology, i.e. cysts or tumors that may not be visible through a visual examination alone.
Types of X-rays: Bitewing: A Bitewing x-ray takes a radiographic picture of several upper and lower teeth simultaneously. It shows the bone level and can be used to determine the presence of decay in between teeth.
anoramic:A Panoramic radiograph provides a broad view of the entire structure of your mouth in a single image. Within one large film, panoramic X-rays reveal all of your upper and lower teeth and parts of your jaw. Dr. McLaughlin uses this X-ray to determine if pathology is present, position of wisdom teeth, etc. This X-ray is not used to diagnose cavities.