DENTAL X-RAYS

Dental  X-rays are pictures of the teeth. bones, and soft tissues around them to help find problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw

X-ray pictures can show cavities, hidden dental structures like wisdom tooth, and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual examination.

Dental X-rays may also be done as follow-up after dental treatments.

Why It Is Done

Dental X-rays are done to:

  • Find problems in the mouth such as tooth decay, damage to the bones supporting the teeth, and dental injuries such as broken tooth roots. Dental X-rays are often done to find these problems early, before any symptoms are present.
  • Find teeth that are not in the right place or do not break through the gum properly. Teeth that are too crowded to break through the gums are called impacted.
  • Find cysts, solid growths (tumors), or abscesses.
  • Check for the location of permanent teeth growing in the jaw in children who still have their primary (or baby) teeth.
  • Plan treatment for large or extensive cavities,root canal surgery, placement of dental implants, and difficult tooth removals.
  • Plan treatment of teeth that are not lined up straight (orthodontic treatment).

Without X-rays, dentists may miss the early stages of decay between teeth.

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