Trust Dr. Jon Zoutendam to take your family’s oral xrays in Traverse City.

Dental problems start out small but can quickly worsen and become much more serious conditions. These complications are much easier to treat when caught early. X-rays are part of the regular check and can detect potential problems early on. See Dr. Jon Zoutendam for oral x-rays in Traverse City.

Oral x-rays are pictures of the teeth, bones, and soft tissues around them. They can show cavities, hidden dental forms (such as wisdom teeth), and bone loss in the jaw that can’t be seen by the dentist or hygienist visually. Oral x-rays may also be taken after dental treatments.

Common types of oral x-rays:

Bitewing x-rays check for decay between the teeth and show how well the upper and lower teeth line up. They also show bone loss.

Periapical x-rays are used to find dental problems below the gum line or in the jaw, such as impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts, tumors, and bone changes.

Occlusal x-rays are used to find extra teeth, teeth that have not yet broken through the gums, jaw fractures, a cleft in the roof of the mouth (cleft palate), cysts, abscesses, or growths.

Panoramic x-rays show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular (jaw) joints. These X-rays do not find cavities. These X-rays do show problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumors), infections, and fractures.

Digital x-rays can be relayed to a computer to be recorded and saved.

Bitewing x-rays are used most often at your regular exams. Other oral x-rays are taken when you need them based on your age, risk for disease, and signs of disease.

Serious conditions begin as treatable problems. By starting dental care early, the risk of tooth decay is greatly reduced. Early detection or prevention minimizes the time and money you spend in the dental chair.

Dr. Jon Zoutendam is your oral x-ray expert in Traverse City. The office philosophy is to develop long-term patient relationships by providing predictable, quality dentistry in a warm, caring environment. We’re here to serve you and your family to ensure that the dental health of everyone you love is properly maintained.

For the best oral x-rays in Traverse City, call Dr. Jon Zoutendam for an appointment today: 231-946- 6336.