|Digital dental radiographs or x-rays have the primary advantage of an 80% lower radiation exposure than traditional xray technology. While even standard x-rays within the setting of the dentist's office don't provide much exposure we know that many patients are concerned about radiation.
Dentists use a variety of x-ray types depending on the needs of the patient.
Panographic X-Rays give a complete overview of the teeth, mouth, jaw, and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ).
Bitewing views show cavities between the teeth, the bone around the root of a tooth, as well as the alignment of the upper and lower teeth together.
Periapical views show an individual tooth and can help detect any problems in a pinpoint area especially below the gum line or in the bone that supports the tooth.