Periapical X-Rays

Periapical Xrays show the whole tooth — from the crown, to beyond the root where the tooth attaches into the jaw.

Description

  • Digital X-ray:a new imaging method used in dentisry. A small sensor unit sends pictures to a computer to be recorded and saved. 

    Advantages of digital radiography:

    • immediate viewing of images: This is highly desirable during most procedures but especially during implant procedures, endodontic root canal therapy and post placement,
    • crown and bridge restoration seating, and patient education.
    • enhancement of images
    • retake of images
    • data storage
    • patient education
    • decreased radiation
    • elimination of chemicals and dark rooms

  • Panoramic X-rays show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular (jaw) joints. These X-rays do not find cavities but do show problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumors), infections, and fractures.
  • Periapical X-rays show the entire tooth, from the exposed crown to the end of the root and the bones that support the tooth. These X-rays are used to find dental problems below the gum line or in the jaw, such as impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts, tumors, and bone changes linked to some diseases.