If you’ve ever been to the dentist for a routine checkup, you know that part of your visit includes a set of x-rays or imaging. While not all types of x-rays are taken at every routine exam, there are important reasons why your dentist likes to have these digital images of your mouth on a regular basis.

Dental imaging represents one of the most valued tools in preventative dentistry. Dental radiography allows your dentist to see far beyond what is on the surface of your teeth and gums. In many cases, this means detecting decay and other dental problems at their earliest and most treatable stage.

What are the Benefits of Dental Radiography?

X-ray technology not only allows us to view the integrity of the inner tooth layers, but it also shows us what’s in between and underneath your teeth. A dentist can rely on x-rays to diagnosis the issue regardless of whether or not you are experiencing any symptoms yet. In many cases, we can treat a dental issue that is seen on an x-ray so that patients can avoid the pain and disruption of a progressing concern. Most dental problems only get worse and more painful with time.

What Can Dental Imaging Detect?

Dental x-rays offer the ability to detect the very first signs of oral health problems, which may include a slight trace of a cavity, a cyst at the root tip or initial evidence of infection and disease. X-ray can also expose congenitally missing teeth or impacted wisdom teeth, which can influence how your dentist designs your treatment plan going forward.

When Can You Expect Dental X-Rays?

The schedule or frequency of dental x-rays depends on your age, the status of your dental health and your specific risk for dental disease. Most dental insurance plans cover a set number of dental x-rays for preventive care. Bitewings, panoramic and periapical are types of dental x-rays.

Should Radiation be a Concern?

You’ll be glad to know that there’s really no need for concern about radiation exposure when it comes to modern dental imaging. In fact, you would be exposed to far more radiation on an airplane flight than you would getting x-rays from your dentist.

Dental x-rays are a critical component of your oral health care plan at West Hill Family Dental. If you have more questions or would like to schedule your routine dental visit with our Rocky Hill dentist, please give us a call.