Dental X-rays (images) are a valuable tool for detecting problems or damage to teeth and gums not visible during a routine exam. X-rays (images) show the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement and composition of facial bones. They can help your dentist determine the presence of small cavities between teeth or below fillings and crowns, periodontal (gum) disease, infections in the bone, abscesses or cysts, developmental abnormalities, and even some types of tumors. An x-ray (image) identifies the exact location of impacted teeth and teeth not yet fully developed. The advantage to you is that x-rays (images) allow dental problems to be found and treated at an early stage, saving you time, money and unnecessary pain.
X-rays (images) are not needed at every visit. Your x-ray (images) schedule is based on your individual needs, including whether you are a new patient, follow-up patient, adult or child. Ask your Dr. Dan or Dr. Mike how often you should have dental x-rays (images) taken.