A dental x-ray is a radiographic image designed to allow us to see below the surface of the teeth and gums. Unfortunately, a visual exam is often not enough to see the whole picture when it comes to your oral health. X-rays are safe and highly effective at providing you with the care that you need. We recommend having x-rays taken regularly as part of your continuing care.
WHY ARE DENTAL X-RAYS NEEDED?
The main reason you would need dental x-rays is because in many cases, an examination just isn't enough. There may be a lot of things going on below the surface of your gums and we won't be able to see anything without the help of an x-ray. Some of the different things that we can see on an x-ray include underlying tooth decay, root infections, bone loss and impacted wisdom teeth. For children, x-rays allow us to monitor development and growth of permanent teeth
WHAT CAN BE SEEN ON A DENTAL X-RAY?
You can think of your mouth as the tip of the iceberg. There’s a lot going on below the surface that can only be seen on a dental x-ray. Some of the different things we can see on a dental x-ray include: • Infections and abscesses • Areas of decay • Bone loss • Impacted teeth • Pediatric tooth development • Dental implants, crowns, bridges and root canals • Accessory canals on tooth roots • Cracks and fractures
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE DENTAL X-RAY PROCESS?
A sensor is placed inside of the mouth while the x-ray machine itself is angled at this device. The x-ray is taken and the device moved to another area within the mouth. The process is repeated until all of the necessary x-rays that are needed have been taken. We’ll review your x-rays while you’re in the office to provide you with the care you deserve.
If you would like to schedule an appointment to come in for new dental x-rays, call us today so that we can get you into our office right away.