At Abbeytrinity dental practice all our X-rays are provided by means of digital radiography. This is advantageous because digital x-rays require a much lower radiation exposure for our patients, they are ready instantly and are available at the touch a button should they be required at a later stage for future comparisons.
There are a number of different types of x-rays used in dentistry. At your appointment your dentist will decide which, if any you require.
Bite wing x-rays are used to detect decay between the back teeth. When required they will usually be taken on each side of the mouth. They show what is happening between the upper and lower back teeth.
Periapical x-ray is taken to look at only one or two teeth at a time. It gives the dentist a much closer look at an individual tooth as it will show the entire tooth from crown to root.
Panoramic x-ray will show a 2 dimensional image of the entire mouth on one x-ray. This is usually used to detect problems with wisdom teeth or in treatment planning for more complex treatments.
CT (computed tomography) scan.
X-rays are an invaluable tool in providing top quality dental care. However there is a limit to what information can be gained from an x-ray because an x-ray is a 2 dimensional view of the teeth and the supporting bone.
A CT scan is required to provide a 3 dimensional view of a patients teeth and the supporting bone. While this can be invaluable in providing an accurate diagnosis of some dental problems it is in accessing for dental implants the CT scans are of most benefit.
We are one of the few practices in the west of Ireland who have the facility to provide CT scans for our patients. Our Sirona XG3D CT scanner is a state of the art machine and has a number of advantages over other older machines, including lower radiation exposure and higher resolution images. In addition to having a CT scanner we also have an intraoral omnicam scanner. This can be used to make a virtual 3D model of a persons mouth, including their soft tissues. We can use this model to design the ideal tooth for an implant before we take a CT scan or place an implant. This model and new tooth can be integrated with the CT scan so that when we plan an implant we can place it in the perfect position to achieve the best possible aesthetic and functional result. Link to implants