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When Do You Need Dental X-Rays?


Posted on 6/5/2023 by Office of Dr. James A. Krippaehne
When Do You Need Dental X-Rays?Visiting a dentist at least twice a year is part of the oral care routine. During the appointment, the professional may prescribe a dental X-ray to check the health of your teeth and gums. This helps to catch oral issues early and create a treatment plan that suits your needs. Here are other instances that require dental X-rays.

Bone Loss


In most cases, bone loss results from gum disease. When it occurs, it can make you susceptible to infection and discomfort. In this case, a dentist may recommend a dental X-ray when they spot plaque buildup or signs of gum disease. In addition, an X-ray may be vital during dental implant procedures. The success of dental implants depends on jawbone density. If the professional detects bone loss, they may recommend a bone graft to add density.

Tooth Decay


Sometimes, tooth decay presents itself as holes in the tooth. However, some signs are invisible. In this case, a dentist may perform dental X-rays to get a clear picture of the tooth. Besides, it is challenging to spot decay at the tooth roots or under existing dental restorations. Fortunately, a dental X-ray will help to catch tooth decay early before severe symptoms occur. This makes treating decay easier without complications.

Infection


Mouth infections can spread to various body parts if left untreated. While some signs of infections are pus on the gums, swelling around the teeth, and pain when chewing, they can also indicate something else. In this case, a dentist must perform an X-ray of the gums, jaws, and different parts of the mouth to ensure they are treating the right oral condition. Dental X-rays also help to detect infections early before they become severe. Do you want to maintain the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth? Contact us and our professional dentists will detect oral issues before they worsen.
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