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What Dental X-Rays Can Tell You

Dental X-rays help dentists to figure out what is going on beneath your gums. X-rays go through things that normal light cannot, which sheds light on things that can’t be seen with the human eye. Taking an X-ray is a crucial part of your dental exam because it allows dentist to take a closer look at your oral health to make sure that nothing is missed or overlooked.

How do X-rays work?

X-rays provide a special type of light that can travel through your skin and bounce off of any metal target. The calcium in your bones is considered a metal target and allows X-rays to produce a picture that can clearly outline your bones and some of your tissue. This information is important to dentists because it allows them to take a look at the inner structure of your teeth and mouth.

What can dental X-rays tell you?

Dental X-rays can tell you a lot about your mouth and teeth. Below are just a few aspects of your health that X-rays shed light on, X-rays can help:

  • Visualize disease around teeth and surrounding tissue
  • Detect and treat dental problems early on, reducing costs for the patient
  • Show the decay around your teeth or underneath fillings that may be missed by the human eye during a dental exam
  • Reveal infection or bone loss
  • Monitor how permanent teeth are growing for kids
  • See tumors or cysts
  • Check for cavities or oral health concerns
  • Observe wisdom teeth as they grow

When do you require get X-rays?

How often you need X-rays depend on your dental history and your current health. If you have good oral health, you do not need to have X-rays as often as if you had oral health concerns that have to be monitored. It can depend on your age as well.

Some people have to get X-rays done every 6 months, and some people may only need it every couple of years. If you visit a dentist for the first time, they may take X-rays as part of a new patient dental exam. Ask your dentist how often you should be having X-rays during your next dental visit so you can carefully monitor your oral health.

If you have any further questions about X-rays, visit a 123Dentist.com location today! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.