Dentists want to provide the most comprehensive oral care to their patients, but they can’t always do that with a visual examination alone. Not all dental issues are visible to the naked eye. With dental x-rays, however, dentists can see problems that might be developing beneath the surface, recommending treatment while problems are still small and easier to treat.
Usually part of a routine examination, along with a dental cleaning, your Steele Creek area practice Harlow Dental, provides thorough and safe dental x-rays.
Why Dental X-Rays Are Important
- To spot cavities. Sometimes cavities are so small, they can’t be seen with a visual examination alone. A dental x-ray can also spot cavities that might be developing below an existing cavity.
- To detect cysts and tumors. Your dentist is likely the one healthcare professional who is examining your mouth. Early detection of issues, such as oral cancer, can literally mean the difference between life and death.
- To reveal bone loss that often accompanies gum disease. Gum disease often presents without symptoms, so often people don’t get treatment for it until it is in its advanced stages. With an x-ray, your dentist can help get an overall picture of just how far the disease has progressed.
Dental X-Rays Are Safe
For those patients who might be concerned about the safety of dental x-rays, they need not worry. Radiation exposure with today’s modern x-rays is minimal; in fact, you are likely to pick up more radiation by being outside on a sunny day. And the risks of skipping dental x-rays have many negative implications for your oral health.
If you have more questions about dental x-rays, or if you are due for a dental cleaning, we invite you to give us a call at our Steele Creek area practice, Harlow Dental. Dr. Harlow and his team look forward to meeting you!