Dental x-rays and pictures are necessary for dentists to provide the best dental care possible to their patients. Although a visual examination is important, it doesn’t tell dentists the whole story about your mouth. There are areas of the mouth that simply cannot be seen by the naked eye. With dental x-rays, dentists can spot trouble before it is visible, so treatment is usually easier, less invasive, and less expensive.
What Is The Purpose of an X-Ray?
X-rays enable your dentist to see inside your teeth, between your teeth, and the roots and bone below your gum line. They can detect cavities that are so tiny they cannot yet be seen with a simple visual examination. Other problems, such as cysts, abscesses, tumors, bone irregularities, and impacted teeth, can also be seen on an x-ray.
If, after an examination and full set of x-rays, your dentist gives you a clean bill of health, you can feel good about it since your dentist has been able to see well beyond a visual examination. Most dentists will recommend that you have a full set of x-rays taken about once a year. Modern digital technology has made x-rays safer than ever, with little radiation exposure for the patient. Call our office in St. Cloud, FL to make an appointment.