Dental x-rays (also called radiographs) are an important diagnostic tool that can help your dentist identify problems that are not visible during a clinical examination. X-rays can help detect problems such as:
Tooth decay: Cavities or decay can form in between teeth or in areas that are not visible during a clinical exam. X-rays can help identify these problems in the early stages, when they are easier to treat.
Abscesses or infections: X-rays can help detect abscesses or infections in the teeth or jawbone.
Impacted teeth: If a tooth is not positioned properly and is not able to emerge through the gums, an x-ray can help determine the location and position of the tooth.
Tumors or cysts: X-rays can help identify growths or abnormalities in the mouth that may be cancerous or benign.
Bone loss: X-rays can help detect bone loss due to gum disease or other factors.
Overall, dental x-rays are an important part of a comprehensive dental exam and can help your dentist diagnose and treat potential problems early on.