What are dental x-rays?

Dental x-rays are images of your teeth that help our team make decisions about your oral health. X-rays help to capture images of the teeth and gums. They allow our team to identify any problems or issues with your teeth such as cavities. X-rays give us a way to treat and diagnose problems, and help us prevent future problems.

What are x-rays used for?

X-rays give us a good view of the roots and bone structure underneath the gums. This is a picture that we cannot visually see during your regular dental exam. X-rays are taken during your routine cleaning and exam to ensure your mouth looks healthy. They allow us to check for decay, cysts, abscesses, cavities, and any other issues present.

Periodontal disease should be watched closely, and if you suffer from this condition x-rays help to keep an eye on potential bone loss. X-rays are low radiation, and are a great tool to give us a picture inside your mouth to ensure your mouth and teeth look healthy.

X-rays also help us prepare for various dental procedures such as implants, and dentures. If a patient is in over good oral health, x-rays are only needed every few years. Medical and dental history plays an important role in determining how frequent x-rays are needed. If we are monitoring decay or another issue, x-rays may be required more frequently. Typically, most insurance companies cover x-rays as part of routine care.

If you are interested in finding out more about x-rays, contact our office to schedule your appointment.