Any tips on taking digital x-rays?!

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kala in Brunswick, Ohio

78 months ago

for posterior pas. just make sure you are keeping the tongue out of the way when you place them down. also make sure your patient is not opening there mouth because that will mess them up too. as long as you are getting them down far enough to see root and the crown of the tooth they will be fine. plus, the angle you put the rin kit in the mouth is going to depend on whether or not you will be able to see the interproximal spaces. make sure the film is parallel with the teeth in posterior ones.

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nunez in Pompano Beach, Florida

62 months ago

can anyone please help me! i don't know how to properly place the film correctly in the mandibular anteriors specially the knites! please any one help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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cgasparik@*****.*** in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

62 months ago

nunez in Pompano Beach, Florida said: can anyone please help me! i don't know how to properly place the film correctly in the mandibular anteriors specially the knites! please any one help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi, I'm current instructor.. what you want to do when placing film in lower ant region is make certain they are open wide and angle the film back... under the tongue area.. dont try to push it down into the vestibule it is painful for the pt. have them lift tongue..and put finger behind film... you or patient... biting down is painful...

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gemsmile in Las Vegas, Nevada

45 months ago

I just recently graduated from dental assisting school and was hired after extern. I know that I am new to the field and it takes time to adjust. So far my digital bite wings suck along with the salary.I really don't like the job.Does it get better with time ???

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exp in Massachusetts

45 months ago

Does the job get better gemsmile? Depends on the office and personal there. As far as bwx....do the "bisecting angle technique". When you are standing in front of the pt., place the sensor so the posterior portion touches the distal of the last tooth...angling the front away from the ie-1st molar or pm's....sometimes this prevents overlap and is more comfortable for the patient. Also, ck for Max. torus and mand. tori when placing sensor....this is also a good way to remember how to place the sensor...as if they had mand. tori...capice? GL.

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Linda Friday in Santa Clara, California

7 months ago

Hi! I just started a job and I have been an assistant for 6 months elsewhere , I have mostly assisted chairside and I have taken xrays before but at the new office where I'm at i take xrays ALL the time. Since I'm a rookie the older assistants don't take new patients and I do the fmx which is fine but I have difficulties a lot of times. Idk why. I have problems with patients gagging. I have problems with anterior teeth also. I feel like a hot mess. Like in 5 patients 2 gag for sure and then I always need help from the others assistants.sometimes I offer the smaller sensor but I can't do that all the time due to not getting some structures in the xrays. How can I make the patients more comfortable and make my coworkers not give me strange looks. I don't want to lose my job but I'm really struggling. Please no bashing. Thank you

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Louise in Kitchener, Ontario

4 months ago

Linda Friday in Santa Clara, California said: Hi! I just started a job and I have been an assistant for 6 months elsewhere , I have mostly assisted chairside and I have taken xrays before but at the new office where I'm at i take xrays ALL the time. Since I'm a rookie the older assistants don't take new patients and I do the fmx which is fine but I have difficulties a lot of times. Idk why. I have problems with patients gagging. I have problems with anterior teeth also. I feel like a hot mess. Like in 5 patients 2 gag for sure and then I always need help from the others assistants.sometimes I offer the smaller sensor but I can't do that all the time due to not getting some structures in the xrays. How can I make the patients more comfortable and make my coworkers not give me strange looks. I don't want to lose my job but I'm really struggling. Please no bashing. Thank you

Hello, first of all Dentistry is team work so the older assistants should be helping you. I have been an Assistant for 28 years. When it comes to gagging instruct the patient that gagging happens when they swallow. If they don't swallow they will not gag. Get them in a good breathing rhythm and tell them to concentrate on breathing only. Lower x-rays can be done with the larger sensor if you angle it more. Push the tongue out of the way with your finger and don't worry about placing the sensor in deeper on an angle. Line the cone up with the same angle as the x-ray.I hope this helped. Best of luck!!! Hang in there.

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