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Digital X-Rays

Griffin Orthodontics offers a variety of services to provide orthodontic solutions and maintain oral health. Digital x-rays are extremely important for tracking the progress of treatments and evaluating dental health.  

What Are Digital X-Rays?

Digital x-rays or radiographs are precise images taken of the inside of your mouth captured using radiation. Digital x-rays allow your orthodontist near Elm Grove to analyze inside and between your teeth, the tooth root and the jaw bone beneath the gums. X-rays are a safe procedure that uses little radiation. These images can be sent directly to a computer in seconds to be viewed on-screen or printed out.  

Do You Need a Digital X-Ray?

Digital x-rays are used by orthodontists near Elm Grove to view the alignment of a patient’s teeth and jawbones. This allows your orthodontists to monitor the progress of treatments. X-rays can also help accurately diagnose abnormalities such as tumors, cysts, tooth decay, bone loss and abscesses. Griffin Orthodontics recommends receiving a digital x-ray every six months to help prevent damage and the need for further procedures. 

Intraoral X-Rays

This type of x-ray is taken inside the mouth. 

  • Bitewing: A Bitewing x-ray shows the upper and lower teeth on one side of the mouth from the crown of the tooth to the supporting bone. This x-ray shows the thickness of the teeth and helps detect decay. 
  • Occlusal: An occlusal x-ray captures all your teeth in one shot. Orthodontists near Elm Grove use this type of x-ray to track the placement of each tooth in the upper or lower arch of the jaw. 
  • Periapical: This x-ray focuses only on one or two teeth at a time, capturing the whole tooth from root to crown. 

Extraoral X-Rays

This type of x-ray is taken outside the mouth.

  • Panoramic: A panoramic x-ray uses a machine that circles around the patient’s head in order to capture all teeth, upper and lower, in one single x-ray. This allows your orthodontist near Elm Grove to see emerged, emerging and impacted teeth. 
  • Cephalometric: This x-ray allows for a profile view of the patient to view teeth placement in relation to jaw alignment. 
  • Dental Computed Tomography (CT): A CT x-ray shows interior structures in 3D and is used to find problems with the bones in the face including cysts, tumors and fractures. 

Contact Us

If you need any more information about digital x-rays or any other of our orthodontic services, call our office at 414.328.0704 or visit us online

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