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Our digital dental X-rays help to detect cavities, gum disease, bone loss and hidden dental structures (such as the jaw joint, wisdom teeth) that cannot be seen during a visual examination.

These are the common X-rays used in Canaan:

  • Bitewing X-rays show the upper and lower premolars and molars in a single view. They are used to detect any decay between the teeth (especially molars that are packed tightly next to one another). They also show bone loss and presence of deep tartar build up when there is gum disease.
  • Periapical X-rays show the whole tooth from its crown to its root. These X-rays are recommended when there is pain or abscess.
  • Panoramic X-rays (we refer to them as OPG) show a broad view of the jaws, teeth and jaw joints. These X-rays are indicated to detect possible impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, generalised gum disease and fractures.
  • Lateral Cephalometric X-ray is taken so that various measurements can be made to assess the nature of your bite and the relationship of the top and bottom jaws. This is essential in planning for orthodontic treatment.


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