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222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
(706) 628-0011

How Your Dentist in Harris County Uses X-Rays to Care for Your Teeth

March 4th, 2021

Your dentist in Harris County uses a number of high-tech tools to provide you with the very best dental care possible. Perhaps the most important of these devices is the x-ray machine. It allows dental professionals to see what’s going on inside your teeth and gums, catching early problems before they become serious conditions.

What Are the Types of Dental X-Rays?

The most common type of dental x-ray is known as an intraoral radiograph, which includes four specific types of images:

  1. A periapical x-ray. This technique is often used to determine if the patient needs a root canal.
  2. A bite wing x-ray. This is used to create an image of the posterior teeth (those that are furthest away from the mouth). It’s especially helpful for diagnosing crown -related problems.
  3. Occlusal x-ray. This is most commonly used to diagnose problems with underbite or overbite, especially those which may require braces.
  4. Full mouth x-rays. This term refers to a series of x-rays which together give the dentist a clear picture of your overall oral health.

Another type of dental x-ray is called an extraoral radiograph. This technology is especially helpful for diagnosing problems related to the jaw or facial bones. It’s also useful for treating impacted teeth.

What Are Computed Tomography (CT) X-Rays?

This is a special type of x-ray that helps dentists to perform implants and other forms of dental restoration. This method is also helpful in treating sinus -related problems. A CT x-ray provides a three-dimensional image of the patient’s teeth as well as his or her nerve pathways and soft tissues. This process is also referred to as “cone beam x-rays.”

Are X-Rays Dangerous?

Dental x-ray machines use minute amounts of radiation, less than you might receive from the sun during a day at the beach. There’s no need to worry about a properly performed x-ray making you ill.

Let the dentist know if you are or think you might be pregnant. He or she may ask you to wear either a leaded apron or a device called a leaded thyroid collar during the procedure.

X-rays require no special preparation on the patient’s part. It’s a good idea to wear loose, comfortable clothing and remove your jewelry prior to the procedure.

Do you wear glasses, hearing aids or dentures? If so, then you may need to remove them during the x-ray. The technician will let you know if this is the case.

How often your dentist prescribes x-rays depends on many factors, including your medical history and the state of your oral health. In most cases, the frequency ranges from every six months to once a year. Additional x-rays may be required if you need implants, root canals, bridges or other special procedures.

Modern dental technology is an amazing thing. It enables all of us to enjoy better oral health than at any time in the past. That’s something to think about the next time you’re counting your blessings.  We wish you and your loved ones lots of happy smiles in the months and years to come.

About the Author

Dr. Rowland earned her DDS degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham after graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in microbiology. She’s a proud member of the ADA and the Georgia Dental Association (GDA). You can reach her office online or by calling (706) 628-0011.

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FAQ

  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.
  • How often should I visit your office?
    image description
    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?
    image description
    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
    image description
    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
    image description
    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
    image description
    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description
    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
    image description
    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.