What type of dental X-rays are there?

There are two main types of dental Xrays: intraoral (the Xray film is inside the mouth) and extraoral (the Xray film is outside the mouth). Intraoral Xrays are the most common type of Xray.

What are the three types of dental images?

There are three types of diagnostic radiographs taken in today’s dental offices — periapical (also known as intraoral or wall-mounted), panoramic, and cephalometric. Periapical radiographs are probably the most familiar, with images of a few teeth at a time captured on small film cards inserted in the mouth.

What is a full mouth X-ray called?

Panoramic radiography, also called panoramic xray, is a two-dimensional (2-D) dental xray examination that captures the entire mouth in a single image, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, surrounding structures and tissues. The jaw is a curved structure similar to that of a horseshoe.

What is a bitewing xray?

Bitewings are one of the most common sets of X-rays. Bitewings show teeth above the gum line and the height of the bone between teeth. Bitewings help diagnose gum disease and cavities between teeth. The bitewing X-ray is placed on the tongue side of your teeth and held in place by biting down on a cardboard tab.