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Bite Wings North York

The term "bite wings" originates from the small tabs that patients bite on to secure the x-ray film or sensor in place during the procedure. Bite wing radiographs are among the simplest and most accurate dental X-rays, providing distortion-free images crucial for precise assessment and diagnosis of dental decay between teeth. In younger patients, these X-rays also reveal the development of permanent teeth.

When taken with the film or sensor placed in a vertical direction (vertical bitewings), these radiographs additionally display bone volume and density, enabling evaluation of periodontal health (?peri? ? around; ?odont? ? tooth). Typically, a set of bitewing images comprises four films, two on each side, to capture all the posterior teeth, including premolars and molars. In younger children, a single bitewing image on each side may suffice.

The frequency of bitewing X-rays isn't a one-size-fits-all approach; it's a clinical decision made collaboratively between you and Dr. Mahwish Raza after considering the risks, benefits, and alternatives. Several factors come into play, including age, which, for children and adolescents, reflects the stage of tooth development, and the risk of tooth decay, intertwined with various clinical factors. Periodontal health assessment also contributes to the decision, involving periodic monitoring and evaluation of bone levels.

It's common practice to have bitewing radiographs taken as frequently as every six to twelve months during childhood or adolescent development, as well as for adults with a high risk of decay. This proactive approach helps detect and address tooth decay promptly, potentially preventing extensive repairs or tooth loss, which would necessitate more extensive X-ray exposure beyond bitewings for comprehensive assessment and diagnosis. Longer intervals between bitewing X-ray examinations are recommended when the risk of caries (tooth decay) and periodontal disease is low.

Contact Smiles at North York Dental for Bite Wing X-Rays in North York

Ready to prioritize your oral health with bite wing X-rays? Schedule your appointment with Dr. Mahwish Raza at Smiles at North York Dental by calling 416-494-5488. Our dental practice is conveniently situated at 4815 Leslie Street in North York, ON. Let us help you maintain a healthy smile.

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