Why Are Dental X-Rays Needed?

Dentists want to provide the best possible dental care to their patients, but a visual examination doesn’t tell them everything they need to know. Thanks to dental X-rays, dentists can accurately diagnose and treat dental problems early before they become more serious.

Valuable Diagnostic Tool

X-rays also called radiographs, give your dentist the ability to see between and inside your teeth. Your dentist can also view the tip of your roots and bone underneath your gums – places not normally visible to the naked eye. Although they are used as part of a routine examination to rule out dental disease, x-rays also assist your dentist in diagnosing any specific or isolated dental problems you might be experiencing.

Here are five reasons why dental x-rays are an essential part of oral health care:

  1. X-Rays Identify Cavities
  • Cavities are holes in your teeth caused by plaque from certain foods and drinks — think sugary snacks, fatty foods, and sodas. One of the most common areas for cavities is in between the teeth, which can’t be seen without an x-ray. Dentists use x-rays to clearly identify any cavities in your teeth before recommending the right treatment, which might include fillings or crowns. 
  1. X-Rays Can Spot Cysts and Tumors
  • Cysts are inflamed tissue with fluid or soft material inside. These form around your teeth and can become infected. Tumours can infect the bone of your teeth. Dentists use x-rays to detect cysts and tumours early, then suggest the best removal methods. X-rays are also useful for spotting cancer and other life-threatening conditions. 
  1. Dentists Use X-Rays to Check Developing Teeth
  • Use x-rays to check developing teeth and find the cause of any delays in teeth development. Dentists also use x-rays to identify teeth that are growing in crooked, indicating a need for orthodontic treatment. X-rays allow dentists to see the entire structure of a patient’s teeth, bones and jaw, providing them with deeper insights than a regular appointment. As a result, teeth development problems are recognized and treated faster, which benefits the patient. 
  1. X-Rays Identify Wisdom Teeth
  • X-rays are an effective way to get a clear image. The latest dental x-ray technology produces accurate, detailed x-ray images of wisdom teeth in the gums, which help dentists determine whether wisdom tooth removal is necessary and, if so, the best way to proceed. 
  1. X-Rays Detect Bruxism
  • Are useful for identifying patients with bruxism, also known as teeth grinding. Dentists use radiographs to look for damage to the bone and jaw. They can then recommend the best method to treat bruxism, such as a mouthguard or other forms of treatment.

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