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When Do You Need X-rays?
Dental X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool that are used to:
Have you ever wondered why dental X-rays are such an important part of your dental visits? Although visual examinations are important, they offer an incomplete picture of your dental health. X-rays help your dentist look beneath the surface to detect tooth decay and other hidden issues that could affect your oral health.
How Do X-rays Help My Dentist?
Dentist use X-rays to diagnose a variety of problems, including:
X-rays are also used to plan treatments or identify issues that could affect your oral health. Dentists use them to determine the condition of fillings, crowns, and bridges. They can also show impacted wisdom teeth, the absence of teeth, extra teeth beneath your gums, and malformed roots.
What Types of X-rays Does My Dentist Use?
Dentists commonly use four types of X-rays:
Many dentists now use digital X-rays instead of traditional X-rays that must be developed. Because digital X-ray images are computerized, they are available in seconds. If your dentist notices an area of concern, he or she can enlarge, sharpen, and enhance the area on the computer screen to get a better look at the problem. When your dentist superimposes your previous digital X-rays onto your current X-rays, he or she can determine if there have been changes to your teeth since they last saw you.
Has it been a while since you have had X-rays or a dental exam? Call us today to schedule an appointment.
American Dental Association: X-rays
MedlinePlus: Dental X-rays, 2/25/14
Cleveland Clinic: Types of Dental X-rays
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