Dental X-rays are important diagnostic and preventative tools to catch underlying oral issues early on.
Dental X-rays are divided into two main types: intraoral and extraoral. Just as their names would suggest, intraoral X-rays are taken in the actual mouth while extraoral are taken outside of it. Intraoral x-rays are most common for dental visits because they allow us to get a detailed view of the bone, teeth, and tissues in the mouth. X-rays are used to help us locate cavities, observe the roots of your teeth, make sure the bone around your tooth is health, and look for periodontal disease.
The main benefit of dental X-rays is that they show us problems in your mouth that we wouldn’t be able to catch during a normal oral exam with the naked eye. How often you need dental X-rays to depend on your age and your oral health. If you are a new patient, we may want to get X-rays as a baseline to better craft your treatment plan and understand your dental history. X-rays over time can show us new cavities that have developed, show any progression of gum disease, and show any changes within your roots.
Dental X-rays are a safe form of preventative oral health treatment. They help us to catch problems in their early stages and to treat them as quickly and efficiently as possible. With conditions such as oral cancer- which can be deadly and progress rapidly- early detection is key. They also help us spot cavities and look for issues in your jaw bones. Dental X-rays help us to spot problems like this early on which makes treatment overall less painful and more cost-efficient for you and. Overall, dental X-rays help us observe, preserve, and protect your oral and holistic health.