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Dental Bitewing X-ray

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Bite wing x-rays are the most common x-rays taken in our Laser Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.

Our Houston dentist uses them to:


  find cavities between the teeth

  see tartar on the roots

  find worn-out fillings

  locate receding bone levels from periodontal disease
Taking dental bitewing x-raysA small packet of x-ray film is placed inside your mouth. When you bite on the tab on the side of the packet, the film becomes properly aligned to get a picture of your upper and lower teeth at the same time.

A lead apron is draped over you to protect the rest of your body while Houston dentist x-rays your mouth.

Dental x-rays use high-speed film, so the amount of radiation exposure is very low. Though machines vary, bitewing x-rays only add as much radiation as you'd get from about 3 extra weeks of natural background radiation. Even if you've recently had other x-rays taken, bitewing x-rays do not add to that exposure.

Bitewing x-rays are a necessary part of regular dental checkups. They give our Houston dentist vital information that she can't get from any other source.

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