One way to be able to know what is going on in the body is through the window of an x-ray. An x-ray technicians primary job is to obtain these images as a way for the doctors to diagnose what they need to know and how to help a patient. Not only medical doctors use this form, but also dentists in their everyday practice.
Digital x-rays are a great way to help aid the dentist in determining the overall health of the mouth. Whether there are teeth decaying, gum disease or bone issues, x-rays an diagnose any oral health issues.
Determining what type of x-ray needs to be performed as in intraoral, where cavities and root and bone or extraoral which would be the scan of teeth, bone and alignment of the jaw, both types of x-rays have their beneficial places in the dentist office. Many people suffer from TMJ, otherwise known as temporomandibular joint issues and an extraoral x-ray can help determine this and help the doctor proceed with a plan for treatment.
X-ray Technician And Technology Advancements
In our fast growing technological era, the advancement of x-ray techniques has vastly improved as in the methods of the past. To have the ability to take and produce a dental image within seconds has benefited the medical and dental fields in their diagnosis and treatments. One area this has become especially helpful has been in endodontic treatments. In addition to the images, using dental software helps to enhance the images by using contrast techniques.
It is pretty much a routine process for all new patients, upon visiting the dentist for the first time, that dental x-rays will be performed as part of their clinical history. This allows the dentist to have a baseline of oral health to reference further visits and comparisons. Usually a full set of x-rays performed by an x-ray technician will be taken. The series of x-rays usually include bite-wing and panoramic views. This helps, overtime, to establish how the mouth of the patient progresses and if any additional measures or advice needs to be relayed.
With the future in technology, new devices for x-ray imaging and improvements are always being researched and manufactured to make the x-ray technicians job even easier, and with the benefits of digital help, results are even speedier than before to alleviate any discomfort to the patient. It makes going to the dentist not so scary a thought anymore.