Why do we take X-rays?
X-rays allow us to see what is happening inside the teeth and under the gums, which cannot be seen with the naked eye.
This helps us detect potential problems early on, such as cavities, gums diseases, or abnormal teeth development, before they become more serious and require more invasive treatments.
By catching these issues early, we can provide the most effective and least invasive treatments to keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy.
The types of X-rays
- Bite wings
Bite-wings are small overview pictures of the molars of your teeth. We take two photos: one on the left and one on the right. This photo shows the crown part of the molars, i.e. the part that you can also see in the mouth. Furthermore, a small portion of the roots and surrounding bone can be seen. Bite-wings are made on average once every two years, depending on the health of the teeth and the age of the patient. For vulnerable teeth, we do them more frequently.
We do the solo x-rays if we want to examine a specific tooth in more detail. This type of photo shows the entire tooth or molar: the crown part, the root part and the area around the root tip. For example, we can observe an inflammation in the area around the root tip.