Thanks to the dentalx-rays we can see in detail, in areas where the visual exploration does notreach, if we have caries, the state of our bone or other alterations thatrequire treatment or observation by the dentist.
Digitaldental radiography is a fundamental diagnostic technique for our dentists as itallows them to make a more accurate diagnosis by detecting possible problemsthat the patient may have in the mouth and that in a first visual examination havenot been visible.
In afirst visit, the dentist may order several x-rays to determine the currentsituation of your oral health and assess possible changes that may occur later.In successive check-ups, new x-rays may be necessary to detect new caries,assess the state of the gums or even check the growth and development of thejaws.
TYPES OF X-RAYS
Wemust differentiate several types of dental x-rays available at the service ofthe dentist depending on the area or problem you want to evaluate:
-Panoramic radiography(orthopantomography): this is a generalradiography of the entire mouth of the patient in which we can observe thestate of the jaws and teeth.
-Periapical radiography: itis a more specific radiography of a specific area. With it we can see the stateof two or three pieces, in detail, observing from the root to the crown.
–Interproximalradiography: also known as “bite fin”, it allows us to see indetail the points of contact between the molars and premolars.
–Lateralradiography: also known as “telerradiography”, is less used, butno less important, especially if we speak of orthodontics, as it serves toevaluate the relationship between the jaws and skull, as well as possibledeviations of the bite.
–DentalCT: which will show us a three-dimensional image of the mouth, as well as alarge amount of detailed information thanks to the computer advances availableto these machines.
Thenew models of radiological devices we have are designed to limit our body’sexposure to radiation, and we take every precaution to keep exposure as low aspossible. For this purpose, in our clinics, we have plumb aprons for adults andchildren that minimize exposure of the abdomen, and thyroid protectors toprotect the thyroid gland.
Incases in which the patient is pregnant, she must inform the dentist, who willassess the pros and cons of performing the radiological study, and if it isdone, we will proceed using all available means of protection.
Thedentist will tell us when and what type of x-ray we will need each, so we mustrely on the indications of our professionals.
Nowadaysthe radiological apparatuses that we have in Asisa Dental are digital and oflast generation, in addition we use all the methods of radiological protection,reason why we do not have to fear its use since the radiations received aregoing to be minimum.
Jesús Castillo deMiguel, Coordinator a clinic of Asisa Dental