Mouth Radiography

Radiography of the mouth and its different parts can prove to be very frustrating. But, nowadays, with the help of modern equipments and advanced technologies, the possibilities of producing high quality diagnostic radiography are increased consistently. Dental radiography is an under utilized practice in the field of dental health. In many cases, the dental radiographs are very important for creating a plan of the treatment to be followed.

Mouth radiography provides you with the high quality pictures of the bones, teeth, and the adjoining soft tissues. These pictures are used as an essential tool for screening and identifying the problems of the mouth, jaw and the teeth. The photographic images will display the hidden dental structures like the wisdom teeth, show the cavities, if present and bone loss that are not visible at the time of visual examination of the teeth.

The physician emphasizes the significance of mouth radiography for the treatment planning and diagnosis. Generally the dentists use the radiations of the x-rays for obtaining the images of the patient’s teeth, gums and mouth for planning the treatment and diagnosis. But, nowadays, a new and an advanced technology have emerged known as “digital dental radiography”. It uses electronic sensors instead of a photographic film for converting the x-rays in electrical signals. The signal is transferred to the computer from the sensors through a flexible cable protruding from the mouth of the patient.

There are some advantages associated with the digital dental or mouth radiography over the x-ray film techniques. The electronic sensors are very sensitive to the x-rays than the films. Thus the dosage of the ionizing radiations received by the patient is decreased upto 80 percent. Also the tooth’s image is instantly generated by the computer, getting rid of the use of harmful chemicals as well as time consuming process of the development of the film.

There is also another technology called the computed dental radiography to capture the computerized radiograph of the teeth and the gums requiring 90 percent less radiation as compared to the x-ray film. Dental radiography is considered as one of the best tool of diagnosis for the practice of competent dentistry. A high range of lighting facilities as well as magnification is required for interpreting the dental radiographs.

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