Dental radiographs (x-rays) are an important examination tool necessary for a compete evaluation of the patient’s oral health.
Radiographs provide necessary information regarding decay between teeth, the supporting bone structure, and bone loss related to gum disease. It shows abcesses at the tips of the teeth, changes in the bone related to the bite, impacted wisdom teeth, growths, cysts, and many other pathologies.
A complete set of radiographs is usually taken no more than once every three to five years. Of course, there are circumstances that dictate that more frequent radiographic evaluation be made. In addition, periodic cavity-detecting x-rays may be indicated, along with individual radiographs to evaluate and/or diagnose a specific problem.
It is important to remember that just because you, the patient, can’t see or feel a problem, does not mean that it is not there.