What types of dental x-rays exist at Buderim Park Dental Clinic

Like doctors, dentists use radiological techniques to study in more detail the cases they attend in their cabinets. Dental radiographs are very similar to diagnostic imaging techniques that are used in other branches of health care, with the obvious particularities imposed by the area they are dealing with.

Dental x-rays use completely safe radiation exposure. However, they are still not recommended for pregnant women, since there is a minimal risk, but to take into account that they cause complications in the foetus.

Types of dental radiographs in Buderim Dental Clinic

There are several types of dental radiographs, which give different information to each patient. We can group them into two large groups:

Extraoral dental x-rays at Buderim Dental Clinic

Orthopantomography: Also called panoramic dental radiography, it is the most common type of dental radiography. The most common is that it is carried out on the patient’s first visit to the clinic, during his general review. With an x-ray device, a complete picture of the patient’s mouth is taken. Thanks to orthopantomography, our dentists can identify pathologies and anomalies in the dental roots or teeth included: that have not erupted from the gum.

Dental CT: Very similar to the scanners that are used to use in medicine, the Buderim Dental CT takes hundreds of images from different angles of the patient’s mouth. These radiographs are sent to a computer, which generates a 3-dimensional virtual image of the patient’s mouth. From it, our dentist can make sections to observe the anatomy of the patient’s mouth at very specific points and study the patient’s mouth with detail that, without this technique, would be unthinkable.

Cephalometry or teleradiography: It is a type of radiography that, in the dental field, is practically only used in studies before orthodontics. It allows knowing the general state of the bones of the skull and the proportions between them, to detect the skeletal problems that may make one of these treatments necessary.

Intraoral dental radiographs

In this class of dental x-rays, the image is taken inside the patient’s mouth. They are used primarily to identify cases of interproximal caries (between the patient’s teeth) or problems in the roots of the teeth. Although it is not ideal, to facilitate its realization, sometimes the patient is asked to hold the radiological plate himself. They are divided into:

Periapical radiographs: Normally, they are used to obtain a complete picture of the structure of one or two teeth: roots and crowns.

Fin/bite x-ray: The plaque is placed along with the patient’s bite, to obtain a complete picture of the patient’s dental crowns. They are especially used in cases of interproximal caries.


The information provided by this means cannot, in any way, replace a direct health care service, nor should it be used to establish a diagnosis, or choose a treatment in particular cases.

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