Why Are X-Rays Taken? What Does the Dentist Look For?

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Even though your dental team routinely examines your teeth and gums, certain dental problems may be undetectable to the dentist’s naked eye. Some of these dental problems could include: diseases, decay, tumors, or abscesses. X-Rays are an assistive and protective measure for the doctor, as it may help him or her in detecting and diagnosing potentially life-threatening diseases.

X-Rays can also be used for less life-threatening purposes and more general means, as Colgate-Palmolive outlines below:

X-Rays allow dentists to:

  • Find cavities
  • Look at the tooth roots
  • Check the health of the bony area around the tooth
  • Determine if periodontal disease is an oral care issue
  • See the status of developing teeth
  • Otherwise, monitor good tooth health through prevention (“Colgate Oral Cancer Center”)

So, the next time you are at our office, please consider taking advantage of getting your X-Rays completed! It not only helps our dentists get a better idea of areas not readily seen in your mouth–but, it also helps you as a patient. Based on our dentist’s findings, we can then determine the best course of action and treatment plan together!

Works Cited

“X-Ray.” Colgate Oral Cancer Center. Colgate-Palmolive Company. Web. 25 Feb. 2016. <http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/procedures/x-rays>.