Without modern technology, your dentist could only do a surface examination of your oral health. No matter how good their vision, they cannot see under tissue to make an accurate diagnosis. Thankfully, we live in an age of great technological advances, and have been given the tools to do just that—look under tissue and into bone.
We take pictures with a dental X-ray camera that are called radiographs. These are valuable diagnostic tools to check for cavities. Not only do they allow us to see inside the tooth, but we can check the tips of the tooth roots, look into the gums for cysts and oral cancer, and evaluate the health of bone in your jaws. With dental X-rays, we are able to catch serious issues before they become problems and see decay prior to infection.
Typically, we take new X-rays every year unless there is some reason to monitor an oral issue more often than that. The most common types of dental X-rays are called bitewing, periapical and panoramic radiographs. These three picture groups focus upon the crowns, the tooth height from the root tips, and an overall image of the entire oral cavity. Armed with this information, we can assess the health of your mouth and make an accurate evaluation.
If you would like more information about the importance of dental X-rays, call Dr. Wendy Haefner and our helpful team at iSmile Mathis Ferry Dentistry. Phone: 843-884-1215, or come by our office in Mount Pleasant, SC.