RIDGECREST DENTAL OFFICE - Dentist located in Ridgecrest, CA


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Types of X-rays

  • 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 orthodontic measurements

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