Why do you need x-rays at the dentist?

X-rays are a helpful diagnostic tool when your dentist is trying to find any damages or diseases not visible to the naked eye during a regular dental check-up. X-rays at your dentist office can be performed for a variety of purposes, and range from looking at a single tooth, to the entire mouth. 

Common CDT codes for X-rays: 

  • Intraoral - complete series of radiographic images [0210]
  • Intraoral - periapical first radiographic image [0220]
  • Intraoral - periapical each additional radiographic image [0230]
  • Bitewings - two radiographic images [0272]
  • Bitewings - four radiographic images [0274]
  • Panoramic radiographic image [0330]

Source: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/x/x-rays


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