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Nov
20

4 Things Your Dentist Uses X-rays For

Posted in Digital X-Rays

Although many people find them inconvenient, x-rays are essential to effective dental care. There are several reasons to consider why your dentist may need to take x-rays:

To Check for Cavities

X-rays serve the purpose of highlighting areas of the teeth that have lower density because of decay. Some cavities can be found on the tops of the chewing surfaces during a clinical exam, but other areas of decay start between teeth can only be seen through radiographic imaging. X-rays can also tell your dentist how deep a actually cavity is.

To Monitor Bone Health.

The bone structure that supports your teeth can become compromised from oral disease such as periodontitis. or Or, it could even show signs of systemic conditions like osteoporosis. X-rays show us the amount of healthy bone that is present, so we can determine if preventive therapy is necessary.

To Plan for Treatments

Whether planning to extract a tooth or to place an implant, your dentist needs to know what is going on below the gums. It would be dangerous to begin an operation without being familiar with the anatomy of the jaw. X-rays can reveal the shape and amount of bone and the location of nerves and sinuses.

To Screen for Abnormalities

X-rays that captures areas around the roots of the teeth and even the entire jaw (such as in a panoramic image) can show if there is an abscess or some abnormal growth that requires further examination. Even potentially life-threatening tumors and other cancerous growths have been first located on routine x-rays.

Clearly, x-ray technology is an invaluable tool that allows us to make well-informed care recommendations specific to your needs. Visit your dentist for a comprehensive oral examination including the necessary x-rays.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050 

 

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