Definition - What does Intraoral mean?

The term intraoral is used in dentistry to describe the type of X-ray film which is inside the mouth. An intraoral X-ray is the most frequently used type of dental X-ray. It provides a lot of details and allows the dentist to detect any cavities, check the health of the tooth root and the adjacent bone, check whether the teeth develop properly, and have an overall idea about the health of the teeth and jawbone.

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There are three main types of intraoral x-rays serving different purposes.

  • Bite-wing x-rays focus on one area of the mouth showing details along the entire tooth until the supporting bone. They can reveal any decay between teeth and alterations in the composition of bone due to gum diseases. Bite wing x-rays are also able to determine the proper fit of any dental restorations, such as crowns or bridges, and detect any issues with dental fillings.
  • Periapical x-rays show all teeth in one film of either the upper or lower jaw and they reveal any pathological alterations in the root of the teeth and surrounding bone.
  • Occlusal x-rays are used to monitor whether an entire arch of teeth in either the upper or lower jaw is placed and develops properly.
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