Dental x-rays, also known as radiographs, are an important tool for detecting and diagnosing dental problems. At Buffalo Creek Dental, we recommend that our patients have dental radiographs taken at least once a year to help maintain good oral health.
Dental radiographs are images of the teeth and surrounding structures that are taken using a specialized X-ray machine. They can provide detailed information about the health of the teeth and supporting structures, including the roots, gums, and jawbone.
One of the main reasons for having dental radiographs taken is to detect dental problems at an early stage. Many dental problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease, can be difficult to detect during a visual examination. Dental radiographs can help to identify these problems in their early stages, when they are most easily treated.
For example, dental radiographs can help to detect tooth decay that is developing below the surface of the tooth. This type of decay, known as interproximal decay, can be difficult to detect during a visual examination because it occurs between the teeth. Dental radiographs can show the decay in its early stages, before it becomes visible on the surface of the tooth. This allows your dentist to treat the decay before it causes significant damage to the tooth.
Another reason for having dental radiographs taken is to monitor the health of the teeth and supporting structures over time. By comparing radiographs taken at different times, your dentist can track changes in the health of your teeth and identify any problems that may be developing. This can help to prevent the progression of dental problems and maintain good oral health.
For example, dental radiographs can help to detect changes in the health of the jawbone. The jawbone supports the teeth, and changes in its density and shape can affect the health of the teeth. Dental radiographs can show any changes in the jawbone, such as bone loss or the development of cysts or tumors, allowing your dentist to diagnose and treat these problems early.
At Buffalo Creek Dental, we use advanced dental radiograph technology to provide high-quality images of the teeth and surrounding structures. Our experienced dentists will carefully review the radiographs and provide you with a detailed diagnosis and treatment plan.
In addition to the benefits for your oral health, dental radiographs are also safe. The amount of radiation exposure from dental radiographs is very low, and the risk of adverse effects is minimal. In fact, the benefits of dental radiographs far outweigh any potential risks.
If you have not had dental radiographs taken in the past year, don’t hesitate to contact Buffalo Creek Dental to schedule an appointment today!