Drs. Terence Lau and Casey Lau use dental X-rays to more closely examine your teeth and supporting structures for decay or other problems. These high-quality images can also be used to plan more effective treatments. Please contact Mid-Valley Dental Care at 818-886-3500 to make your appointment with our dentists and learn more about dental X-rays in Northridge, California.
Dental X-rays are an advanced diagnostic technology that serve a core function in diagnosing a dental problem and planning a treatment procedure. With the help if an X-ray, we can view the inside of a tooth and the area below the gum line to better understand your oral health. Our dentists and team may utilize dental X-rays for the following purposes:
• To detect tooth decay and oral disease
• To view the roots of the teeth
• To evaluate the health of the surrounding bone
• To monitor developing teeth
• To determine the overall health of your smile
While traditional X-rays use film that needs to be developed with chemicals, our digital X-rays take quick, high-resolution images that are immediately available to be viewed on our operatory monitors. Digital X-rays significantly reduce radiation exposure, are completely painless, and shorten the length of your exam. To further ensure your safety, we will cover you with a lead apron that protects the body from stray radiation.
We may perform more than one type of X-ray during your appointment to ensure we have the best possible image of your smile. These X-rays include:
• Periapical X-rays reveal the entire tooth, from the crown to the surrounding bone.
• Bitewing X-rays offer an image of the upper and lower posterior (back) teeth to show how the teeth touch and reveal any decay between two or more teeth.
• Panoramic X-rays are typically performed on patients who need implant dentistry or orthodontics. This X-ray views the teeth, jaws, jaw joints, sinuses, and nasal area.
• Occlusal X-rays look at the floor of the mouth to show the relationship between the upper and lower jaws. This X-ray is commonly used during a child’s dental exam to monitor the baby teeth and incoming adult teeth.
You are welcome to contact our office today to learn more about the uses and benefits of dental X-rays.