Dental patients are sometimes bothered by the inconvenience or cost of dental x-rays. Why are x-rays needed every year? Are they really necessary? Considering these four reasons that x-rays are vital may help you to appreciate the way they benefit your health.
X-rays allow us to see in-between your teeth.
While your dentist will detect problems on the front or chewing surfaces of teeth, decay that has developed in-between teeth cannot be seen. X-rays reveal changes in the density of tooth structure. Some changes reveal a pattern indicative of decay.
X-rays can detect early signs of serious disease.
Some x-ray imaging captures a wider range around the teeth. Early signs of cancer can be detected in the occasional panoramic image.
X-rays enable us determine the most successful treatment we can recommend.
X-rays show your dentist how far he needs to drill to remove diseased tooth material while conserving the healthy material. X-rays tell an oral surgeon the safest way to remove impacted wisdom teeth. If you need an implant or periodontal treatment, x-rays reveal the amount and health of surrounding bone tissue.
X-rays help us monitor your mouth for abnormal changes.
Your mouth changes from year-to-year, or even more frequently. Taking dental x-rays on a regular basis help us to know what is normal for you as an individual, and what could be a sign of something serious.
X-ray technology is a safe and highly effective tool for dental diagnosis. Maintaining optimum dental health is crucial to your overall health. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions on the safety and necessity of dental x-rays.
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