It’s important to visit your dentist at least once a year for a check-up; you come away with super clean teeth and a fresh feeling in your mouth that can last for days. What you may not realize is how much information your dentist learned about your teeth, gums, jawbone, and mouth tissue during your visit. In addition to cleaning tartar and plaque off your teeth, your dentist is responsible for detecting dental problems before they turn into major issues.
Your dentist may be able to detect a cavity just by looking at your teeth, but many oral diseases aren’t visible to the naked eye, and that’s where dental x-rays come in. They can detect even the slightest traces of oral diseases in the earliest stages. Early detection gives you the best chance of successful treatment and recovery.
The frequency of dental x-rays depends on the patient’s dental health, age, and risk for oral diseases. Some patients are concerned about radiation exposure from x-rays, but there’s no need to worry. Modern technology, particularly digital x-rays, has reduced radiation levels to extremely miniscule amounts.
X-rays have long been an essential part of a patient’s dental care treatment plan. X-rays detect current problems, but can also be preventative by finding oral health issues very early, when they are treatable. Not only can dentists find even the smallest of cavities and evaluate the extent of any tooth decay, they can see a patient’s tooth roots, diagnose periodontal (gum) disease, and see the status and position of developing teeth. Cysts, abscesses, and other masses, along with jaw disorders and bone irregularities, can be detected and treated. Missing or impacted teeth, such as wisdom teeth, can also be identified. For more information regarding the importance of dental x-rays, please contact:
Webster Cosmetic Dentistry, Ltd.
1121 Warren Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515
Ph: (630) 663-0554