Learn the Meanings of Common Dental Terminology

Bitewing

A Bitewing is a radiographic view (x-ray) of of the posterior teeth. It is called a Bitewing because of the little tab of paper or plastic placed in the center of the X-ray film that the patient bites on. This gives a perfect perpendicular view of the the rear teeth and their relation with the jaw bone to help aid in the detection of caries. These are never used on the front teeth.