Dental x-rays are an essential element in the dental care that we provide at Dentistry By Design. X-rays allow us to diagnose potential issues before they become costly problems. Since bones and teeth are thick, we can use a dental x-ray to scan through the tissue and identify what is causing you pain.

Dr. Tiner standing pointing at x-ray on monitor

What Can We Find With an X-Ray?

We can use x-rays to explore several areas and conditions around your mouth, such as:

  • Cavities
  • Tooth roots
  • Bony areas around the tooth
  • Periodontal disease
  • Developing conditions
  • The general health of your teeth, gums, jaw, and other areas

Types of X-Rays

There are various types of x-rays that we use to show the different areas of your mouth, including:

BITE-WING X-RAYS

We use bite-wing x-rays to explore the tops of your molars or back teeth. We take an x-ray of each side of your mouth. You bite down on a device that holds your teeth in place while we take the x-ray.

PERIAPICAL X-RAYS

Instead of taking an image of your entire mouth, a periapical x-ray focuses on one or two teeth. It shows the whole tooth from the root all the way to top. It gives us a clearer image of the condition of your tooth so that we can make a correct diagnosis and assign the right treatment.

EXTRAORAL RADIOGRAPHS

A panoramic x-ray gives us a ‘big picture’ view of the jaw, skull, and all of the teeth. They allow us to track the overall growth and development, and also assess impacted teeth, bones, and the relationship between your jaw and your teeth.

3D CONE BEAM IMAGES

We can examine these digital images immediately, and we can also view them in higher magnification and different angles. Because contrast and density are so much better, it’s very easy for Dr. Tiner to diagnose oral health issues such as gum disease, cavities, and root canal infections.

Are Dental Care X-Rays Safe?

Although x-ray machines can be quite intimidating, they are safe and expose you to tiny amounts of radiation. Modern x-rays eliminate radiation and allow us to focus the x-ray beam directly on the area of your mouth that we need to evaluate. They produce amazing results without harming your mouth or body in any way.

High-speed and digital imaging allows us to reduce or eliminate radiation while capturing the image. When you undergo an x-ray, we place an apron over your body from your neck to your knees. You are fully protected from the x-ray. If you ever have any questions about the safety of x-rays, feel free to ask us. We want you to feel comfortable.

Professional and Safe Dental X-Rays

If you need to schedule dental x-rays in Richardson, Texas, then contact Dentistry By Design. We offer professional, safe x-rays for all types of dental conditions. We also offer various types of dental care, including:

Call us at (972) 299-3663 to schedule an x-ray or any other oral procedure today.