Dental x-rays have a bad reputation as being something that is necessary or even harmful to your health. In reality, digital x-rays are one of the safest procedures performed in our office – with radiation levels being less than those you get out in the sun or flying in an airplane. They play an important part of your dental care experience. Here’s why:
With dental x-rays, your dentist can:
Examine bone height between the teeth.
Gum disease causes bone loss, tooth mobility, and ultimately tooth loss. Seeing the levels of the bone margins can give your dentist the chance to take proactive measures that prevent bone loss or improve the chance to develop new bone before complex problems develop.
Screen for tooth decay.
Yes your dentist does check for cavities during your exam, but some types of cavities are not visible during an example. For instance, cavities between the teeth, new decay around existing restorations, or those that have may have developed through deep pits in the top of the tooth.
Evaluate the eruption patterns of other teeth.
Being able to assess the development of unerupted teeth is important when evaluating wisdom teeth or young children. Early diagnosis provides you with more liberty to take proactive measures that can impact the smile a few years down the road.
Screen for cysts, tumors and infections.
In the rare chance that a tumor or severe infection develops, an x-ray won’t just save your smile – it can also save your life!
X-rays give your dentist to see through teeth and gum tissues to address underlying problems that may not be evident right away. Ask your dentist which type of x-rays you need and how often.
Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
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