Are Dental X Rays Important?

dental x-raysDentists learn many things in dental school, but x-ray vision is not one of those skills. That’s why dentist, like Dr. Mara must rely on taking dental x-rays to discover potential tooth and gum issues that cannot be seen by a simple oral exam.

Many cavities form in between teeth and are hidden from view.

Early detection of an oral problem may prevent it from becoming a more serious concern.

X-rays can spare you pain and more costly and invasive dental visits in the future.

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Dental x-rays are commonly used to identify:

  • Tooth decay between the teeth and beneath a filling
  • Some cysts and tumors
  • Infections at the root of the tooth and between the gums and a tooth
  • Bone loss due to gum disease
  • Detect impacted wisdom teeth
  • Prepare for implants, braces, dentures and other dental procedures
  • Check for the development of all permanent teeth and molars in children
  • Determine if there is adequate space in a child’s mouth to properly fit all incoming permanent teeth

Your medical and dental health history, as well as your current dental condition, will determine how frequently you need x-rays. If you are pregnant or suspect you are pregnant, please remember to let the staff at Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry know since dental x-rays should not be taken during pregnancy.

At Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we invest in the best technology to give our dental patients the best experience possible. We have started to use the ORTHOPHOS XG 3D, which is the most popular x-ray unit in the world.

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