5 Reasons Why You Should Get Dental X-Rays

  • Posted on: Sep 30 2014

While x-rays (also known as radiographs) are typically associated with broken bones and internal organs, you may not know that they also play a major role in dental examinations. X-rays are an important diagnostic tool, helping dentists to detect and assess damage and diseases within the teeth and surrounding tissues that are not visible during a regular oral exam.

Here are some of the most common uses for dental x-rays:

  1. Detect decay or infection: X-rays will help to precisely identify cavities that are located deep inside of a tooth, or beneath an existing filling. In addition, x-ray images allow dentists to view the roots and pulp of a tooth, as well as gum tissues. If an abscess or other infection is present in any of these areas, it will be revealed.
  2. Assist in the preparation of restorations or braces: It is important for tooth restorations such as fillings, crowns and bridges to fit properly, not only to protect the tooth, but also to help all parts of the mouth function properly. A dentist can use x-rays to get a more precise and complete view of the teeth, which helps when designing and preparing a restoration or other dental procedure. In some cases, x-rays can also be used to diagnose ill-fitting restorations that may not be visible to the naked eye. X-rays are also necessary to determine the bone growth in orthodontic patients.
  3. Detect bone loss and assess health of bones: Certain oral health conditions, such as periodontal disease, can erode the bones inside of the mouth. Radiographs are necessary to determine if bone loss has occurred. If bone loss has occurred, x-rays help dentists gauge the severity of the condition.
  4. Find impacted wisdom teeth: When wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to erupt, they can become painful and in some cases, cause damage to other teeth. Since these teeth are hidden below they gums, they are difficult, and sometimes impossible to see. X-rays offer a complete and accurate view of impacted wisdom teeth, so that the dentist can form a plan to treat or remove them.
  5. Reveal a fracture in a tooth: Whether due to trauma or overuse, teeth can sometimes crack. While a large or severe fracture may be visible during a dental examination, smaller fractures are more difficult to see. Fractures can also extend below the gumline, making them invisible without the help of x-rays.

Contact Concerned Dental To Learn More About Dental X-rays

If you have any questions regarding dental x-rays, contact Concerned Dental Care today to schedule an appointment. We have nine locations and twelve affiliate locations throughout the New York metropolitan area including the Bronx, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Midtown Manhattan, Yonkers, Farmingville, Hauppauge, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma. We look forward to serving you!

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