periapical - single tooth, whole root; taken as indicated
bitewing - usually back teeth, half upper / half lower; usually two or four taken
full-mouth - all teeth, with both bitewing and periapical x-rays
panoramic - single film, entire mouth
cephalometric - side view of head for
X-ray intervals are determined by the risk. If new cavities or gum problems
are detected, your risk for problems detectable by x-rays is greater and
the interval should be shorter, otherwise the interval can be longer because
of a lower risk level.
Recommended x-ray intervals:
full mouth/panoramic x-ray -
once every 3-5 years
bitewing x-rays and PA's - once a year
Family and Cosmetic Dentist in Ridgecrest,
and the surrounding High Desert.
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