Our dentists use dental x-rays to assist in the diagnosis of dental conditions such as decay, infection, bone loss, and fractures. Oftentimes, we can diagnose conditions visually, but if decay is inside your tooth, between your teeth, or near the gumline, it is not always visible.
While some patients like to avoid x-rays, there really is no reason to. Routine x-rays are actually a great way to protect your oral health. For example, if decay forms on a tooth and we catch it with a dental x-ray, we can likely make a small repair with a filling. Fillings can last a long time and seal bacteria out of your tooth. But if we do not take regular x-rays, decay can spread quickly and you will not know because cavities often do not cause pain until they are well advanced.
By the time you feel pain, you may be facing a root canal, dental crown, or an extraction. Regular x-rays help us diagnose problems early and keep your teeth looking and feeling their best. We use digital x-rays that are extremely low in radiation for your safety. They are one of the most affordable and best tools in prevention and early diagnosis.
For more information about dental x-rays, give our office a call!