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The dental radiography or dental X-ray

author icon By Dr. George Ghidrai

The imaging tests are indicated by the dentist at the conclusion of the physical examination to study important details that were impossible to observe during the physical examination. The most important imaging method is the dental radiography.

There are many types of dental radiographies and, because of the progress in this branch of medicine, clarity and precision are excellent and the dosage of X-ray radiation received by a patient is typically small.

The X-rays can be released on a photographic film or digitally on a CD or via e-mail. Here are some of the most important types (or views) of dental radiographies :

Other types of dental X-rays are available (skull X-ray, X-ray of salivary glands etc.) but these are more often used in other dental specialities.

Besides dental radiographies, the practitioner may call for other types of imaging methods ; the CT scan has emerged in the later years.

The information obtained after the imaging methods, together with the medical examination enables the physician to form a diagnosis and devise the treatment plan.

Last review and update: November 2020

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