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Types of Dental X-Rays and Risks Associated

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Types of Dental X-Rays and Risks Associated

X-rays are important for checking your oral health. They use a special beam that passes through your teeth, bone, and tissues to create images. Because teeth and bones are denser, they absorb more X-rays.

There are two main types of dental X-rays:

  • Intraoral X-rays: These are taken inside your mouth to check for cavities, gum disease, and infections. There are three types:
    • Bite-wing
    • Periapical
    • Occlusal
  • Extraoral X-rays: These focus on the jaw and skull area. They're used for things like impacted teeth, jaw growth, and TMJ disorders.

During an X-ray, you might wear a lead apron for protection. For intraoral X-rays, a piece of plastic with an X-ray film or sensor is placed in your mouth. The machine is positioned by your cheek to capture the image. For extraoral X-rays, the film is placed outside your mouth.

The risk of dental X-rays is very low. They're safe even for children, who may need X-rays to monitor their teeth's growth and prevent problems.

Our dental office in Etobicoke uses digital X-rays, which are comfortable and provide detailed information for the dentist.

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