Digital Dental X-Rays


There are a few different kinds of dental X-rays, and each one is used to look at different parts of the mouth and diagnose different things. Below are descriptions of some of the kind of X-Rays we use in our office:

Intraoral X-rays

Intraoral X-rays are the most common type of dental X-rays. They will help Dr. Renee Shepherd to see any cavities in your teeth, and will also show any abnormalities in the roots of each tooth and the bones surrounding the teeth.

There are 3 types of Intraoral X-rays:

  • Bite-Wing X-rays: Bite-wing X-rays are best at showing the details of both the lower and upper teeth in one area of the mouth. They can be used to detect and diagnose any changes in bone density caused by gum disease, or any decay in between the teeth.
  • Periapical X-rays: A periapical X-ray is able to show your entire tooth, from the top of the tooth all the way past the end of the tooth’s root to where the root is anchored in the jaw. They’re also used to detect any problems afflicting the tooth and its root structure.
  • Occlusal X-rays: Occlusal X-rays show full tooth placement and development. Each occlusal X-ray shows the entire set of teeth in either the upper or lower jaw.

Extraoral X-rays

The main focus of an extraoral X-ray is the jaw and skull. They are used to identify problems between the jaw and the teeth, to look for impacted teeth, and to check out the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Unfortunately, they will not provide the same level of detail as an intraoral X-Ray.

Dental X-Rays Can Reveal Problems Such As:

  • Bone loss
  • Cysts or abscesses
  • Decay that can sometimes hide in between teeth
  • Cancerous or benign tumors
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Abnormal tooth root positions
  • Problems hiding inside a tooth or below the gum line

We have many patients concerned about the amount of radiation in the X-Rays. Fortunately, the dose of radiation you’re exposed to during a dental X-ray is incredibly small. In fact, you’re exposed to more radiation from the sun, and the appliances in your home than you are from a dental X-Ray! Please let us know if you still have concerns regarding dental X-Rays and we’ll do all we can to help you.