Dental X-Rays

Identify dental issues with x-rays

A dental X-ray can be a lifesaving tool, helping dentists identify dental conditions before they become too serious. At James Fitzgerald Dental, we are one of the first dental clinics in Brisbane, CA to introduce panograph X-rays and 3D X-rays during dental consultations. These state-of-the-art X-ray technologies give us an unparalleled view of your mouth and jaw, allowing us to design highly-customized dental treatments.

Visit our Brisbane CA dental clinic today for an X-ray.

How do dental X-rays help?

Dental X-rays help you identify:

  • Cracks and fractures that are not very visible
  • Infections in the roots
  • The presence of impacted wisdom teeth
  • Cysts, cavities & abscesses
  • Teeth growth & alignment problems (in children)

It’s very important to get dental X-rays done once a year, to keep track of your dental health. X-rays will be able to show you if your teeth are in good health or if you need dental care from experts.

Panoramic X-rays

One of the reasons why people hesitate to undergo dental X-rays is the fear that multiple X-ray sessions may be needed to get a complete picture of the mouth and jaw, which will expose them to higher rates of radiation.

Panoramic X-rays are a new type of 2D X-rays used to get full images of your entire mouth in a single sitting. This X-ray technology takes photos of both the upper and lower jaw, allowing our dentists to get a 360-degree visualization of your teeth.

These X-rays are particularly helpful when you need treatments like:

  • Braces & clear aligners
  • Dentures
  • Teeth restorations
  • Teeth implants
  • Dental extractions
  • Jaw settings

Since you only need a single session X-ray, the amount of radiation exposure you have is minimized significantly.

3D X-rays

Panograph X-rays can only show us the bony-portion of your teeth. However, many dental conditions stem from the roots and the gums, and this is where 3D X-rays help.

3D X-rays allow us to look inside your teeth, helping us identify any bacterial infection or abscess in your teeth roots. These X-rays are very similar to a CT scan and they allow our dentists to examine the most minute sections of your mouth and jaw. These X-rays can be completed much faster than the Panograph X-rays and they display your dental region in more detail.

3D X-rays are really helpful in:

  • Planning the placement of dental implants
  • Identifying the presence of infections in soft tissues and gums
  • Designing treatment for root canals
  • Diagnosing & treating the temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Finding a surgical path if dental surgery is needed or teeth extraction is complicated

Combining 2D & 3D technology

Individually, Panograph X-rays and 3D X-rays don’t allow us to get a complete understanding of the health of your oral cavity, but when combined, both types of X-rays allow us to get a comprehensive insight into which sections of your jaw and gums are healthy and which require immediate treatment.

When we combine both, Panograph X-rays and 3D X-rays, our dentists at James Fitzgerald Dental can design highly-customized treatment procedures that are safe, pose lesser discomfort and pain, and yield the desired outcomes quickly.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Dental X-rays are safe. Research done by the American Dental Association shows that radiation from X-rays accounts for only 2.5% of the radiation that patients experience from imaging technologies.

To protect you, we cover you up with a lead apron before taking you for an X-ray. The apron will disperse the radiation and ensure no beams reach you. You are asked to place your chin on a padded platform that is attached to the X-ray machine. When the device is switched on, it rotates around your head, taking images of your entire mouth.

Your dental X-rays should be completed within about 30 minutes. After the X-rays, Dr. Fitzgerald will study your X-rays and discuss the possible treatments with you. Please contact us for more information.