LAKEVILLE AND SAVAGE, MINNESOTA- Conventional X-rays may eventually become a thing of the past as all eyes now are turning toward 3D imaging, which is gaining popularity due to its use in conjunction with several types of orthodontic treatment.
X-rays are a great tool for diagnosing problems with the teeth and jaws, says Dr. Trudy Bonvino, a Lakeville and Shakopee pediatric orthodontic professional.
Your teeth and the bone that surrounds them are dense, which means X-rays are easily absorbed. But the gums and cheeks aren’t as dense, so the X-ray passes through and makes your cheeks and gums appear dark on film. Your teeth show up lighter on film, and fillings- which are denser than the teeth- show up as a solid white color. Cavities appear as dark patches in a light tooth, according to Colgate. [More]