X-rays Are Key Diagnostic Tools

February 26, 2024

When you go to the dentist for a routine checkup or for an issue that needs attention, X-rays provide valuable information for him (or her) to diagnose and treat a variety of situations. X-rays allow dentists to detect issues that may not be visible to the naked eye, such as cavities, tooth decay and infections. Early detection prevents the progression of conditions that could lead to extensive and costly treatments.

Brentwood’s commitment to excellent care is evident in our patient-centered approach. We tailor treatment plans to meet individual needs and prioritize your comfort throughout your dental experience.

As with X-rays taken in other parts of your body, dental X-rays (radiographs) use electromagnetic radiation to capture images of your teeth and jaws. The radiation beam passes through your soft tissues and creates images of your teeth, jawbones, nerves, sinuses and teeth roots.

Most people with healthy teeth and gums should have X-rays taken once every six to 18 months. However, patients who have gum disease, recurring decay or other time-sensitive oral health issues may need them more frequently.

X-rays give detailed images of the teeth and surrounding bone structure. This is essential for evaluating the health of the tooth roots, identifying abnormalities and assessing bone density, which are crucial for procedures such as extractions and the placements of dental implants.

They help in diagnosing periodontal diseases by reavaeling bone loss around teeth, so an appropriate treatment plan to address gum-related issues can be developed. X-rays can uncover dental abscesses, cysts or tumors, allowing the dentist to determine the appropriate course of treatment.

For pediatric patients, X-rays monitor the development of teeth and jaws. Orthodontists can assess teeth alignment, identify potential bite issues, ascertain the positions of unerupted or impacted teeth, and plan the installation of braces or other orthodontic appliances for people of all ages. (Twenty-five percent of orthodontic patients are adults.)

X-rays are perfect for serving as baselines in monitoring changes in oral health over time. By comparing current X-rays with previous ones, dentists can identify any developments or changes in a patient’s oral condition.

Modern dental X-ray equipment minimizes radiation exposure. Dentists take precautions such as using lead aprons and high-speed films to ensure patient safety while obtaining accurate diagnostic images.

The office of Brentwood embraces the benefits of modern dentistry with our state-of-the-art technology. It ensures precise diagnoses, superior treatments and an elevated standard of care. Please call us today to make an appointment.

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