What does a dental X-ray show? How harmful is it?

Dental X-ray is inevitable in diagnostics. It is able to explore such hidden mutations that cannot be seen even with thorough clinical examinations.

X-ray can show:

  • dental caries that evolves on the surfaces of teeth facing to each other
  • dental caries under old tooth fillings
  • intraosseous pocket
  • inflammations around the root apex
  • mutations related to cyst in the oral cavity

Besides revealing pathological processes, with the help of X-ray it is possible to discover the position of permanent teeth of children. As for adults, it is used for the examination of wisdom teeth which did not come out and for checking the newly prepared root canal filling.

Although dental X-ray radiation is low, patients have to wear lead apron for their own protection.

Read more about intraoral X-ray.

Read more about panoramic X-ray.

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