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Why do I need dental X-rays?


A hand holding an x-ray of molars {fact check}

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:

  1. 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.

  2. Abscesses or infections: X-rays can help detect abscesses or infections in the teeth or jawbone.

  3. 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.

  4. Tumors or cysts: X-rays can help identify growths or abnormalities in the mouth that may be cancerous or benign.

  5. 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.

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