Even the most eagle-eyed dentist cannot see to diagnose what is deep inside the tooth or gum tissue. Visual examinations can only do so much. That is why it is good that we live in an age where technology allows us to see through surfaces via X-ray photos. In this way, dentists can accurately treat an oral health problem that may adversely affect us before it can become serious—even when it is hiding where the naked eye cannot view.
Radiographs, which is just another name for dental X-rays, are valuable diagnostic tools to check for cavities. They can show Bullock the inside of a tooth, the tips of the tooth roots, and the health of the bone of your jaws, thereby catching decay before it becomes infected. Once infection sets in, the resulting inflammation and discomfort will negate the need of taking a preventative X-ray because now there will be obvious outward signs and symptoms.
There are several types of X-rays that are taken at a dental office. The most common types are called bitewing, periapical and panoramic radiographs. The bitewing focuses upon the crown portions of the teeth, the periapical gives a good look at your teeth’s bone height or root tips, and the panoramic X-ray produces an image of the entire oral cavity in one large picture. Normally, we will want new X-rays taken annually, unless there is a dental issue that needs to be monitored more frequently.
If you would like more information about the importance of dental X-rays, call Dr. Bullock and our helpful team at Rex L. Bullock DDS, Inc. Phone: 951-737-1149, or come by our office in Corona, CA.