Although radiographic images (or dental ‘x-rays’ as some people still refer to them), add to the expense of certain appointments, they are necessary since they provide valuable information the human eye cannot see. This imaging reveals the condition inside and between your teeth, its roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones. Radiographs also help us determine the presence or degree of periodontal (gum) disease, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumors. They can also show the exact location of impacted and unerupted teeth and pinpoint the location of cavities and other disease that may not be possible to detect visually.
New patients require a full set of radiographs to evaluate their complete oral health status, including any underlying signs of gum disease, and for future comparison. Follow-up patients require periodic radiographs to monitor their gum condition and risk of tooth decay.