What We See When We Examine Your Dental X-rays

Posted on 10/15/2019 by Roberta Cerveny, DDS
What We See When We Examine Your Dental X-raysDental x-rays are an important tool that help us see what is going on under the surface of your teeth and gums. While we can diagnose many problems with a simple examination of your mouth, others require a more in-depth look at what is going on deep within the tissues.

Read on to find out more about why x-rays are such a crucial part of your dental exam.

What Your Dental X-Ray Can Tell Us

Dental x-rays tell us a lot about your mouth that we simply can't see with the naked eye. If you have decay in between the teeth or under existing fillings, an x-ray will show us. If you suffer from infection deep in the tooth or bone loss, we will need an x-ray to highlight the problem. Dental x-rays can also identify cysts, tumors, deep cavities, and the positioning of the wisdom teeth as they grow.

X-rays are also incredibly important in monitoring the oral health of children. They help us check on the formation of new teeth, and we can see if there is enough space in the mouth to fit them as they erupt. An x-ray image can also determine if the teeth are impacted or if a child is suffering from decay.

How They Work
Dental x-rays are safe and necessary dental procedures that use a special type of energy to take a picture of your mouth. X-rays are absorbed by dense objects like bones and teeth, and they show up in the image as light-colored areas. The rays will pass through objects that are less dense, such as the cheeks and gums, and they will appear as dark areas on your x-ray image.

Is it time for your next dental checkup and set of x-rays? If so, call us today to set up your appointment.

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