What is a dental radiograph?
A radiograph is a small image that helps us see deep inside the bone or tooth to detect potential issues before they hurt or can be seen just by looking in your mouth.
Why would I want a Radiograph?
Dental radiographs provide a wealth of information that we would never be able to see otherwise.
Cavities, small infections, pathology (oral cancer), and a host of other problems cannot be seen with our eyes alone. Dental radiographs are vital to collection all the possible information about your mouth before proceeding with any treatments.
How does it work?
A dental radiograph uses a small digital plate to gather information about the area and transfers that data to a computer, allowing us to see things that our eyes cannot.
Dental x-rays are used in combination with a visual exam to determine that your dental needs are. X-rays by themselves or a visual exam alone cannot uncover all your dental issues. Because of this, we usually recommend x-rays at least once per year, with a visual exam 1-2 times per year so that we can stay on top of things. There are so many things that can only be seen on an x-rays, and likewise things that can only be seen with a visual exam. Doing both is critical to ensuring that dental issues are dealt with quickly and before they become larger and more costly problems.