Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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Why Does the Orthodontist Need Another X-ray?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on November 26th, 2012
Why Does the Orthodontist Need Another X-ray?

Your son just had “X-rays” taken at the dentist last month. Why does the orthodontist need to take another one? In fact, why do orthodontists need X-rays at all? X-rays, officially called radiographs, are images created when a beam of radiation passes through the body and hits a sensor (or a piece of film in older machines) on the other side. X-rays have the ability to create pictures revealing the differences in the densities of the tissues through which they pass. The “shadows” cast on the digital sensor or film allow doctors to see objects hidden by the skin and…

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