Bitewing X-ray

Bitewing dental X-rays are used to view and diagnose interdental caries of both upper and lower teeth at a time. Since the patient bites onto the X-ray holding tabs, they acquired their name so. Usually, four bitewings are used for full mouth coverage to view interdental caries. The periapical area is not covered in bitewings. In addition, these aid in assessing the periodontal condition as bone volume and height are also visible in a bitewing. These are easy to take both for the technician and the patient compared to the intraoral periapical radiographs.

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How can X-rays be taken painlessly with a large mandibular tori?

Query: Hi doctor, I have relatively large mandibular tori, which are nearly touching. They have always been rather sensitive, like when I am eating chips, a sharp piece pokes them. I just went to the dentist and got those new digital bitewing x-rays, which hurt my tori as there is less room in my mouth. I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear that, but you can avoid x-rays if it hurts you really bad. Maybe because they wanted to see the tori in x-ray, so they would have placed film pressed to the area. I can assure you it is never this painful, so hopefully next time just tell them in advance abo...  Read Full »

Why is the second premolar paining?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in my left second premolar. The x-rays do not show anything, and it does not hurt if I tap on it or drink cold water. It seems to hurt near the root of the tooth, but only on one side, that is, the side facing the first molar. When I touch this side, I feel a short, sharp p...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. By your description, it seems maybe your premolar might have a vertical fracture involving the nerves inside. This might be either due to a large filling, which may have caused more pressure on the remaining tooth structure or even biting on a very hard object or food...  Read Full »

How is a cracked molar treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a cracked molar tooth. My dentist drilled it down and put on a temporary. We waited for a week and the temporary hurt. He decided that I need crown lengthening, which I had done. I went back to the dentist after it healed for three weeks and had an impression for a crown. He had to ...  Read Full »


Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. A cracked tooth can be root canal treated depending on the direction of the crack within the tooth especially if it involves the vital part of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp is the vital part. When it is in...  Read Full »

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