When you go to the dentist, you expect some scraping and maybe a little drilling. You know you’re going to be lying there in the chair while they poke around and fix your teeth, with occasional breaks to sit up and spit. And of course they have to x-ray your teeth.
Why do they need to do that?
One of the major reasons is that most tooth and gum problems don’t have any symptoms until it’s already bad. Your dentist can’t see these problems by simply looking into your mouth. They need the x-ray to show them the warning signs. These days, they use computer imaging to get a closer look at your teeth with your x-rays.
Among the problems they can find are injuries, impacted teeth, cysts, growths, abscesses and other stuff you don’t want. It helps the dentist to see every nook and cranny of the inside of your mouth, which is not so easy with the naked eye. They also use x-rays for children to see how their teeth are coming in. This can help them recommend a teeth straightening method if necessary. The x-ray is used as an early warning system and a way to keep tabs on what’s going on in there.
X-rays are also used to plan major treatments like root canals, dental implants and filling in cavities. It’s become an essential tool that lets your dentist diagnose and treat any problem that might come up. X-rays are a vital tool for preventive dental health.