The best thing you can do to maximize the health of your teeth and gums is to visit your dentist twice a year. In addition to a thorough cleaning and a physical check for cavities, gum disease, and signs of oral cancer, your dentist will take x-rays of the inside of your mouth.
The main reason for visiting your dentist is to make sure you don't have problems brewing inside your mouth that you can't see. While some dental concerns can be detected with the naked eye, there are others that can't. Dental x-rays can detect even slight traces of oral health issues in the earliest stages, like cavities, gum disease, oral infections, and certain types of tumors. Finding these issues in the early stages allows for easier and less expensive treatments before the problems have a chance to worsen and create issues that are painful and more difficult to treat.
Dental x-rays allow your dentist to see between and even inside your teeth. He or she can view the tip of each tooth's root and the bone underneath the gums, and can evaluate the extent of any tooth decay. Congenitally missing or impacted (wisdom) teeth can also be identified with dental x-rays. Orthodontists use x-rays to evaluate developing teeth in children for future orthodontic treatment.
Modern x-rays are very safe, with only tiny amounts of radiation used during the process. Most dentists now use digital x-ray technology, along with special aprons and collars for extra protection. If you're a new patient, dental x-rays are usually necessary so your dentist can assess your current oral health status. During regular check-ups going forward, fewer x-rays are needed to monitor your oral health. For more information about the importance of dental x-rays, please contact:
Webster Cosmetic Dentistry, Ltd.
1121 Warren Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515