Why Are Dental X-Rays Important?

Dental X-Rays - Dentist in Sherwood, OR

At most dental checkups, your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth. Have you ever wondered why? Learn more about the importance of dental x-rays below:

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A traditional oral exam can reveal a lot of things about your teeth, but there are many things that simply can’t be seen without the help of technology. X-rays (also called radiographs) can see cysts, tumors, and invisible decay between teeth.

Track Changes

X-rays can also be used to monitor your teeth and track changes. This is particularly useful in pediatric dentistry. Children are growing and changing quickly and x-rays allow dentists to follow these changes and make sure that everything is growing in correctly. Children are also more prone to some oral health problems like cavities, so x-rays help dentists to catch problems as quickly as possible.

X-rays can also help dentists evaluate new patients so that they can quickly understand more about someone’s oral health.

Diagnose Problems

X-rays allow your dentist to detect and diagnose a wide variety of dental problems including:

  • Cysts, tumors, and abscesses
  • Bone loss
  • Missing or impacted teeth
  • Sinus problems
  • Irregularities with the airway passage
  • TMJ problems
  • Tooth Decay
  • Problems with roots of teeth

Understand Your Teeth

When your dentist takes x-rays of your teeth, you get the chance to actually see what is going on inside your mouth and understand your diagnosis more thoroughly. You’ll be better equipped to make decisions and take good care of your teeth in the future.

X-Rays At New Smiles Dental

New Smiles Dental uses advanced digital x-rays to provide patients with a safer and more effective experience.  Digital x-rays result in significantly reduced radiation exposure, which makes them much safer for patients. This also results in high quality images that can be viewed instantly. Digital x-rays are also environmentally friendly because they don’t require the use of toxic chemicals.

X-rays are  powerful tools that can help you take control of your oral health. To learn more about x-rays and other tools that can protect your teeth schedule an appointment at New Smiles today.


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