Impressions & Dental X-rays at Cherrybank Dental Spa
Here at Cherrybank Dental Spa in Edinburgh and Perth, we want to make sure you get the best treatment for your needs, which is why we need to take Dental X-rays to record of your teeth to conduct a full analysis of your mouth.
We may also take simple impressions (or moulds) of your teeth.
We take X-rays to check the bone levels around your teeth; this is to identify any decay or disease that isn’t visible from the surface, or to assess the progress of your wisdom teeth.
What are dental X-rays used for?
X-rays give us a two-dimensional image that allows us to see what is under the surface of your teeth, and assess the bone around them. We use digital X-rays to screen for the following:
- Tooth decay
- Dental infection
- Pathology in the jawbone
- Developing teeth, i.e. wisdom teeth
Often, chronic infections and tooth decay don’t have any symptoms, so X-rays are the only way we can know for sure that your teeth are healthy.
X-rays also give us an idea of what the bone levels are like around your teeth, which is an indicator of a history of gum disease.
What type of X-rays are used at Cherrybank Dental Spa?
At Cherrybank we use digital radiation systems which means the dose is reduced by up to 70 percent as the computer can enhance the images.
We use small X-rays to get a close-up view of specific areas of your mouth. We can also use an OPT or PAN ORAL X-ray, which allows us to clearly look at your jaw joints and wisdom teeth.
If you’re having dental implant treatment, we might use a CBCT (cone beam computerised technology) scan so we can see exactly where your nerves and sinuses are, as well as examining other structures we need to be aware of when placing an implant. CT scans are preferable for this kind of treatment because they give us a 3D image of your jaw, enabling us to accurately plan your procedure.
Elaine Halley and our CBCT scanner at Cherrybank Perth
How often should I have a dental X-ray?
At Cherrybank, we follow guidelines set out by the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners with regards to how frequently you should have a routine dental X-ray. When you come to your Dental Health Review appointment, your hygienist or dental therapist will advise on whether or not you’re due an X-ray based on your condition.
What are dental impressions?
We use impressions to take moulds of your teeth so we can accurately create your bespoke treatment plan. Impressions can either be made from a putty-like material, or created digitally using a scanner or camera to take photographs, which are used to make a digital model of your mouth.
Impressions can be used as study models so we can examine your bite and the position of your teeth. We also need impressions when we’re making dental crowns, veneers, dentures or inlays.
In some instances, we’ll need to capture what’s called a face-bow registration when we take impressions. This helps us measure the relationship between your jaws and temporomandibular joint (jaw joint). Along with digital photography and video, this helps us to plan accurately for a beautiful smile that sits in the right position.
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If you’re considering any type of dental treatment, or are simply due a check-up, get in touch with our friendly team today. We look forward to hearing from you!
Last updated August 15th, 2018