Posted on Nov 26, 2015
Dentists use dental X-rays as a form of comprehensive diagnostic and preventative dental care. Dental X-rays allow your dentist to see problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye, such as bone loss, oral cancer, tooth decay, dental cysts or abscesses, dental malocclusion, developmental abnormalities, and problems inside a tooth or below the gum line. Without using dental X-rays, certain problems may go undetected long enough that traditional treatment options will not be as effective.Your dental treatment options will be more varied and successful if your dentist is able to recognize the signs and symptoms early enough. Your dentist will evaluate your medical history, dental history, dental exam results, and certain risk factors of dental disease to determine when and how often he will need to take dental X-rays.Dental X-rays may also be recommended to diagnose dental problems if you have certain symptoms, such as a toothache, receding gums, or bruxism. Digital dental X-rays are more advanced than traditional dental X-rays. Your dentist can view digital dental images immediately, and they can be enlarged to allow your dentist to see dental problems like bruxism more easily.