At Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry we provide digital x-rays. With Digital x-rays you are exposed to a limited amount of radiation vs. regular film x-rays. Digital x-rays also provides you the most accurate diagnosis, meaning we are able to see decay at its earliest stages.
We use x-rays to help diagnose decay (cavities), bone levels around the teeth, infections, and calculus or debris that is on the root surface of a tooth.
At Gallagher Dentistry we take several different types of x-rays which included a Full Mouth X-ray (FMX), Bite Wings (BW’s), Occlusal and Periapical (PA) X-rays. A FMX consist of 18 individual x-rays, showing all 32 teeth, surrounding bone, and root tips. We are looking for cysts, infections, bone levels, and decay. A FMX is typically taken every 3-5years depending on your dental history. BW x-rays consist of 4-8 individual x-rays. We are looking for decay between the teeth and bone levels on the upper and lower back teeth. BW’s are typically taken 1 time per year. An Occlusal film is done on the upper and lower front teeth to show the eruption pattern of a child’s permanent teeth indicating if a child is missing a permanent tooth. An Occlusal film is done around the age of 3-5 years old. A PA x-ray shows the entire tooth, from the crown of the tooth to the root tip. A Periapical x-ray is taken from time to time to show id a tooth has an infection or the start of an infection. The FMX consists of 14 PA films and 4 bite wing films.