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Understanding the Importance of Dental X-Rays

Last updated 4 years ago

Regular dental checkups allow your dentist to evaluate your oral health. One way that they monitor your teeth and gums is by performing a visual examination. Another key component of these screenings is taking dental x-rays. Especially when you are a new patient, x-rays can help your dentist assess your prior dental work and current oral health needs. Consider these benefits of getting dental x-rays. 

Early Detection
Your dentist is trained to spot a host of dental problems. A visual exam can typically identify tooth decay on many tooth surfaces and red or receding gums that might indicate gum disease. Dental x-rays can prove essential in revealing problem areas not visible to the naked eye. If you have minor cavities forming between your teeth, an x-ray can spot them. If gum disease has begun to damage underlying bone and gum tissue, an x-ray will show it. With early detection of these problems, your dentist can address them with appropriate treatment.

Your dentist strives to provide comprehensive care for your total oral health. Though tooth decay and gum disease are common primary patient concerns, they are not the only problems an x-ray can reveal to your dentist. Because x-rays can penetrate the teeth and gum tissues, they can show hidden tumors that might indicate the presence of oral cancer. By having x-rays taken on a regular basis, your dentist can rule out any potential cancer issues.

Treatment Tool
Dental x-rays can prove effective not only for diagnosing oral health problems, but also determining orthodontic care. If you suffer from misaligned teeth and wish to undergo orthodontic treatment, x-rays can help your dentist or orthodontist create a plan of action. By seeing how the teeth are positioned underneath the gumline, your dentist can identify how best to correct your malocclusion.

How long has it been since your last dental screening? The Smile Design Center of Baltimore recommends dental checkups at least every six months. We encourage residents in the Lutherville, Pikesville, Timonium, and Towson communities to call (443) 275-9821 to schedule an appointment.


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