The William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Guide To Dental X-Rays

Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? Today’s San Antonio cosmetic dental blog takes a look at dental x-rays.

Panoramic
If you have ever stood in a huge camera apparatus and struggled to stay motionless while an automated camera made one slow pass around your head, then you have had a panoramic x-ray taken of your mouth. These pictures help dentists see everything in one image: the complete upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit to William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. They are also very helpful in emergency dental treatment for evaluating jaw injuries as well as seeing emerging teeth in children.

Bitewing
Bitewing x-rays help Dr. Stewart see what’s going on between teeth–something that is impossible with a visual exam. They also help your dentist evaluate the jaw bone.

Periapical
These are similar to bite wings but they can get a clearer picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are often used to help diagnose absences in the root of a tooth.

Full-Mouth Series
This is a combination of periapical and bitewing x-rays that gives a comprehensive picture of all the teeth and surrounding bone structure.

If you are a patient of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS and are worried about the safety of general dentistry x-rays, we invite you to discuss your concerns with our patient-centered and detail oriented staff. We can explain all the precautions that we take to reduce radiation exposure and answer any questions you may have.

If you are pregnant and need a dental x-ray at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, it is important to let Dr. Stewart know this before x-rays are taken. X-rays are not necessarily dangerous for pregnant women, but they are often postponed until after delivery as a precaution. If you are pregnant but have a severe dental problem, call our office right away. We can be reached at 210-493-3040.

We hope you have learned a little bit about dental x-rays, one of Dr. William Stewart’s indispensable tools in providing unsurpassed dental care in San Antonio. Check back often for more information about general, restorative, cosmetic and sedation dentistry at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS.