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Is a dental X-ray dangerous?

Is a dental X-ray dangerous?

Safe Diagnostic Tool: Dental x-rays are one of the lowest radiation dose studies performed. X-rays allow your dentist to see signs of the tooth disease or potential gum, bone problems that are not visible to the naked eye. Very important tool. ...Read more

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What can a dental X-ray show?

What can a dental X-ray show?

A lot!: A dental x-ray can show decay, supporting bone level for gum disease evaluation, odontgenic tumors, cysts, Periapical abscesses, impacted teeth, internal or external root resorption, help evaluate pulpal health, TMJ status and do much more! Dental X-rays are very safe (especially the new digital ones) and show an abundance of essential dental diagnostic information! ...Read more

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How much does a dental X-ray typically cost?

How much does a dental X-ray typically cost?

Varies: There are many different types of dental xrays. A single periapical xray showing 3-4 teeth usually is around $25 whereas the panorex xray showing all the teeth is around 60. ...Read more

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Why is a lead apron used during a dental x-ray?

Why is a lead apron used during a dental x-ray?

Ionizing radiation: X-rays are a form of ionizing radiation. The lead apron is used to absorb any scatter radiation from the x-ray tube to protect the patient from the radiation. Chronic exposure to ionizing radiation can lead to cancer, or other damage to vital organs/tissues. ...Read more

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When would a panoramic dental X-ray is necessary?

When would a panoramic dental X-ray is necessary?

Not for General: A panorex x-ray is entirely different from the individual x-rays dentists use to diagnose cavities. It can be used for orthodontics, oral surgery procedures, implants, (although we prefer a cat scan, as it gives much more detailed views). It is not best used for general dental exams, as it is not helpful in identifying cavities on the surface or between teeth. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what is the dark area on my dental x-ray?

I'm wondering what is the dark area on my dental x-ray?

Empty space: Wherever you see total dark area on xrays, there is nothing there. That is wt decay shows up as a darker spot, since decay is thinner than the surrounding tooth strcture and xrays pass through that area more resulting in a darker area, versus if you have a silve filling or a metal crown in your mouth, that shows up as white, since xrays do not pass through them. ...Read more

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Will a panoramic dental X-ray detect tmd?

Will a panoramic dental X-ray detect tmd?

Possibly: A panoramic x-ray is a good screening tool for tmd and is usually the first x-ray taken. However, a panoramic x-ray will only reveal tmd if there is bony involvement of the tmj, such as various forms of arthritis, like rheumatoid, psoriatic or osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease). A panoramic x-ray will not show any soft tissue problems, such as a displaced disc; an MRI will. ...Read more

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Do all cavities show up on a dental x-ray?

Do all cavities show up on a dental x-ray?

Not all cavities : show up on an X-ray. Tooth decay is diagnosed with several methods: visual examination, dental explorer and diagnodent laser. ...Read more

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How big is the film used for a dental x-ray?

How big is the film used for a dental x-ray?

They vary in size: Normal periapical or bitewing xrays are about 1.5 inches by 1 inch. There are smaller ones for children. Other xrays are larger but are taken from outside the mouth not by putting the xray into the mouth. ...Read more

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