X-ray teeth is an essential dental tool that is commonly performed before dental treatments. Dental X-rays help in diagnosing diseases and determining the characteristics of a patient's teeth. Since our teeth have various angles that cannot be easily seen with the naked eye, dental X-rays were developed to address this limitation. When a dental X-ray is taken, the dentist can observe the features of the teeth, including the root structure, as well as the surrounding bone. It provides a visual representation of the overall dental and root patterns, enabling the dentist to diagnose diseases and plan dental treatments more quickly and accurately.
X-ray image is an important information that helps dentists diagnose diseases, planning treatment, and following up with the treatment. X-ray is used in many dental treatments such as
- Dental X-ray for tooth extraction or surgical removal.
- Dental X-ray for examining cavities on the proximal surfaces of teeth.
- Dental X-ray for root canal treatment.
- Dental X-ray for treating periodontal disease.
- Dental X-ray for orthodontic treatment.
During dental X-ray procedures, patients need to prepare by removing metallic objects from their face and inside their mouth, such as eyeglasses, dentures, and orthodontic appliances. For X-ray outside the oral cavity, patients need to remove necklaces, earrings, and hair clips to prevent it from obscuring. They may need to position themselves in a specific way as instructed by the dentist or dental assistant. It is crucial for patients to remain still during the X-ray to ensure clear imaging, holding their breath or maintaining a specific position until the X-ray machine signals completion.
The radiation used in dental X-rays is X-ray radiation, which is the same type of radiation used in medical X-rays. However, the amount of radiation used in dental X-rays is very minimal compared to the amount used for diagnostic purposes in medical settings. Nevertheless, dental X-rays should only be taken when necessary as determined by the dentist. When patients undergo dental X-ray procedures, the dental staff should always provide them with radiation shielding garments and neck collars. Patients can also take simple steps to maintain oral health, such as brushing their teeth at least twice a day and using dental floss regularly. Regular dental check-ups every 6 months to 1 year are also recommended.