Having routine checkups with a dentist can save you from future problems and dental emergencies. Dentists constantly monitor your oral health and look for any concerns or changes in the mouth. Such changes can be caused by some cavities, gingivitis, and oral cancer.
There are, however, certain conditions that cannot be seen by the naked eye. This is why taking x-rays is a vital part of your regular dental routine.
Four Reasons X-rays are Needed
Having x-rays taken at periodic intervals can ensure we are properly diagnosing any issues you may have. Four reasons x-rays are taken by our office include:
- To detect any cysts, tumors, or abscesses within the bone. This is very important as these types of issues are not easy to detect at a surface level. If left untreated, they can cause serious issues in the future.
- To detect any decay in areas between the teeth or underneath any existing fillings
- To evaluate the extent of any bone loss that may develop due to periodontal disease
- Assessing the positioning of teeth and their roots in order to properly plan for treatments like braces or oral surgery.
Dental x-rays do expose you to a low amount of radiation, but they are perfectly safe. In fact, the radiation is lower than spending a day out in the sun or taking a cross-country flight in a plane.
X-rays are an important tool in allowing us at Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to properly diagnose and treat you and your family.
Call us today if you have any concerns and would like to schedule a check-up with our family dentist.