Understanding Why We Use Radiographs, or Dental X-Rays to Evaluate Your Smile

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Dr. Nidal Obeid and Dr. Dennis Rivera at Family Dental of Palatine in Palatine, Illinois, are pleased to use digital radiography (digital X-rays) to evaluate your smile health. We want to make sure we find and treat issues early on when they require the least invasive treatment options.

Digital X-Rays Help Us Spot the Following:

  • To check for decay between your pearly whites.
  • To check for bone loss due to periodontal disease.
  • To check for decay beneath your tooth fillings.
  • To see if there is an infection at the tip of the tooth root near the bone.
  • To see the full picture of your mouth before performing a dental treatment.

Intraoral X-rays include bite-wing, periapical, and occlusal X-rays. Bite-wing X-rays reveal the tooth from the crown to the level of the bone. Periapical X-rays show the entire tooth, from the crown to the end of the root area where your teeth sit in the jaw. Occlusal X-rays show the full tooth development and where it sits, so the entire arch of the teeth in the upper and lower jaw are visible.

With digital radiography, the process is faster, more comfortable, and more convenient than ever before. Our digital X-rays use a digital sensor to take images of your teeth, unlike traditional X-rays which use film. In addition, digital X-rays use much less radiation than conventional film X-rays, and they require the use of no chemicals for developing the images.

As you can see, digital X-rays help us maintain your healthy smile. Digital X-rays even help us plan dental procedure such as oral surgery procedures, root canal treatment, and dental implants.

If you would like to schedule your next appointment with our team, please call 847-485-8767 today. Dr. Nidal Obeid and Dr. Dennis Rivera at Family Dental of Palatine in Palatine, Illinois wish you a healthy Thanksgiving!