Dental X-rays are useful in helping our dentists diagnose dental issues that are hard to detect with the naked eye. Drs. David, Samuel, and Augustine Borgmeyer will decide how often to perform X-rays based on your oral health, your age, your risk for oral disease, and any signs of oral disease. Children often require more dental X-rays than adults because their teeth are still developing and need to be monitored more closely. Children from about age 6 to age 14 are also more prone to cavities. Depending on your dental needs, our dentists may recommend dental X-rays in St. Louis, Missouri.
Intraoral and extraoral are the two main types of X-rays. Intraoral X-rays are the most common type. These X-rays are taken with the film inside the mouth and provide a lot of detail. Intraoral X-rays allow our dentists to:
- Find cavities
- Check the health of tooth roots
- Check the health of the bone surrounding a tooth
- Check the condition of developing teeth
- Monitor the health of your teeth and jawbone
With extraoral X-rays, the film is outside the mouth. These X-rays focus on the jaw and skull. These X-rays do not find cavities and many of the other problems found with intraoral X-rays. They are instead used to:
- Locate impacted teeth
- Monitor the growth of your jaws
- Identify TMJ disorders or potential TMJ disorders
To learn more and schedule an appointment, contact Borgmeyer Dental today.