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Dental X-ray

A dental radiograph or X-ray provides an image of your teeth in their current condition. It shows any potential inflammations, any teeth growing irregularly, your bone structure, and any cysts you may have; in other words, everything that may not be visible to the naked eye. Normally, X-ray images are taken at the beginning of the treatment by our qualified dental assistant or dental hygienist  upon the request of the dentist. You need not worry about being exposed to excessive doses of radiation: modern digital X-ray technology uses much lower doses, while taking much better imagers, than traditional machines.

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The process of taking an X-ray image

  1. You do not need to ask for an appointment for taking an X-ray. Just drop by our dentistry during our opening hours (08:00 through 21:00 Monday through Friday, or 09:00 through 19:00 during the weekend or on public holidays).
  2. Once she has taken your data, our assistant will ask you to please take off your jewellery as these may cause difficulties in taking the X-ray.
  3. Our assistant will escort you to the X-ray room and, in order to protect your health, she will help you put on a lead apron. She will then adjust your head in the right position and ask you to stay still while the X-ray is taken.
  4. You may pay for the X-ray at the reception desk either by cash or by card. Upon request, we are happy to e-mail you your panoramic radiograph as a JPEG image, or we can burn it for you on a CD.
  5. If necessary, or if you prefer, you may right away ask our receptionist for an appointment with one of our dentists.
  6. Once taken, an X-ray image may be used for three to six months. Any radiography older than that will not accurately reflect the condition of your teeth.

 

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Types of dental X-rays

  • A small dental X-ray (periapical or intraoral X-ray) is taken when we want to thoroughly ex-amine the condition of a single tooth in high definition, such as during root canal treatment.
  • Panoramic X-rays are taken to obtain an image showing the entire mouth area with all the teeth in it. They are used when evaluating the general condition of the teeth, when searching for foci, or when special dental treatments such as, for example, bone grafting or implantation are offered. Our dentistry uses digital panoramic X-ray equipment.
  • A tele-X-ray is taken when braces are fitted. The image records the shape of the head, helping the dentist make the accurate measurements that are necessary for designing perfect braces.

 

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Additional useful information

  • You do not need to be our patient to have an X-ray taken at our dentistry. If necessary, you may take the image with you or, alternatively, you may ask us for a consultation appoint-ment with one of our dentists.

 

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