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Is There a point to Using Bitewing X-rays?

Providing accurate dental care today is easier than ever before thanks to the advancements in technology. Now we have accurate X-rays that show the exact state and health of teeth, and let dentists figure out how to treat a patients’ teeth. There are a few different types of X-rays though, and it’s important for you to understand why we use the X-rays that we use. For most examinations we’ll be taking bitewing X-rays, and many of our patients wonder why that is, or what the purpose is of a bitewing X-ray. This diagnostic tool gives us a close-up look at specific teeth, and lets us make accurate treatment decisions as well. Read on to learn even more about bitewing X-rays and how we can use them to treat your teeth.


What We Use Bitewing X-Rays For

We routinely rely on bitewing X-rays to diagnose cavities at the back of the mouth and to evaluate bone level throughout the mouth. These X-rays give us a clear picture of the tooth and provide more close detail than some of the other X-rays we use like a panoramic X-ray. With a few carefully taken bitewing X-rays we’ll understand the health of your teeth better and we can use that information to provide accurate treatment and keep your teeth in top shape.

Without these important X-rays we won’t have a clear picture of your overall tooth health and how we can effectively treat the teeth in your mouth. This could result in improper treatment, or missing a serious problem that’s developing. That’s why we won’t provide care to you beyond a cleaning without first taking X-rays and getting the whole picture when it comes to your mouth.

To start your dental treatment and ensure that your teeth are in the best condition possible, visit us at Draper Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Albemarle North Carolina. Or contact us today to find out what we can do for you.