Monday, December 17, 2012

Just looking at my own dental x-rays…

(All right, technically we don’t look at “X-rays”- we look at the radiographs. We are also learning how to talk like a radiologist in dental school, especially with all those worries about X-ray exposure in the dental office.)

We just had our first Physiology exam so I am taking a mini-break by looking at my own dental X-rays. It’s kind of like studying for our upcoming (and last for this semester) Radiology exam. Look at this:

- What is going on with the root on my maxillary premolar? (It’s the second from the right.) It’s having its own disco dance party all twisty twasty.

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- Mamelons! On a fully grown-up adult. These are the three rounded bits on the edge of your central incisor that wear away with use. This means I don’t use my central incisor much, probably due to my open bite. This should change with my braces.

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I’m also looking up “Before and after braces photos” on this evening break. It’s unbelievable how much braces can improve a person’s smile.

Also on the subject of X-rays: dentists can diagnose osteoporosis by looking at dental radiographs! And teeth after braces look different on radiographs than un-braced teeth. I think it’s something about alveolar bone angles… Yeah, there’s still a lot for me to learn.


  1. Yesle!! I love your blog. You can study my teeth any day, if youd like, haha. I have had multiple dentists tell me I should get braces and surgery. Merrhhhh. Sounds like you are learning so much!

    1. I think they try to catch things while you're young so there's no problems down the road. Yes, my brain is overloaded. Winter break = relaxing time. Your posts are so interesting! I get so excited whenever you post.

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