We always want to provide the best possible dental care to our patients, but a visual examination doesn’t tell us everything we need to know. Dental x-rays taken at our surgery, can help more accurately diagnose and treat dental problems early before they become more serious.
X-rays are used to check for cavities and evaluate the extent of the decay, as well the presence of any cysts, abscesses and other dental pathology. A good picture of the extent of bone loss due to periodontal disease can also be seen through dental x-rays.
Sometimes we will refer to a radiology practice for a larger x-ray of all of your teeth and jaws which is called an OPG (Orthopantomography). This is generally bulk billed by the radiography practice through Medicare. An OPG can further help with treatment planning and diagnosis. Congenitally missing or impacted teeth, such as wisdom teeth, are often identified this way, as well as the presence of other dental anomalies.