The invention of the X-ray has perhaps been the biggest advancement in modern dental care and overall oral health. Dental X-rays offer dentists deep diagnostic insight and provides them with critical data to accurately assess and treat oral health issues.
An X-ray is a form of energy similar to radio waves or micro waves. Also known as radiographs, X-rays pass through soft tissues and is absorbed by dense tissue such a bone and teeth. There are two main categories of X-ray called extraoral and intraoral. An intraoral X-ray is taken inside of the mouth while the extraoral X-ray is performed outside of the mouth.
A visual exam by your dentist can’t tell them everything they need to know and X-rays can help them fill in the gaps with a more complete picture. They can help dentists detect problems before symptoms arise and allow them to put you on an early treatment plan or provide preventative dentistry treatments. By catching and addressing these problems early on, you can save time, money and prevent future discomfort.
Dental X-rays can detect and prevent a number of common and lesser known issues for patients including:
As you can see, X-rays provide plenty of valuable information to your dentist. If it has been a while since you’ve been to the dentist, a full series of X-rays is your first step to improving your dental health. As you continue with regular visits, less X-rays are usually needed. X-rays are completely safe and the machines that take the X-ray are designed to emit minimal radiation.
If it has been a while since your last dental X-ray, fill out the form on this page or call our office today to set up your visit and get back on the road to a healthy, happy mouth.