Dental Radiographs, also known as dental x-rays; are used to detect and diagnose cavities, bone loss and dental structures of the mouth and teeth that cannot be seen with the human eye alone. The dosage of a dental xray is typically small (around 0.150 mSv for a full mouth series, according to the ADA). Here at Ponchatoula Family Dentistry, we have digital radiographs which use less radiation than traditional film based x-rays. Lead vests with thyroid collars are also used as an extra precaution for the protection of our patients.
We do four different types of dental x-rays here at Ponchatoula Family Dentistry.
1st Full Mouth Series, also known as an FMX. An FMX consist of 18 films.
8 posterior periapicals
6 anterior periapicals
By taking an FMX we are able to give you an more accurate dental diagnosis and put together a treatment plan that best fits your dental needs.
2nd Bitewing Film
We use bitewing xrays to view the crowns of the posterior teeth (premolars and molars). This is helpful in diagnosing decay between the teeth and evaluating the bone levels surrounding teeth.
3rd Periapical Film
A periapical is a single film that can be taken on any tooth in the mouth. A periapical film is very useful in detecting infection at the apex of a tooth; ie the root portion of a tooth.
4th Panoramic Film
Panoramic, also known as a panorex, is an xray that is taken outside of the mouth. The panorex is used to diagnose TMJ disorder, detecting bone loss for denture patients, 3rd molar aka wisdom tooth extractions, detecting maxillary and mandibular fractures and oral pathologies.