You know the drill. Head to your dentist for your dental exam, have your teeth cleaned and inspected, and sometimes have x-rays taken of your mouth. The poking, cleaning and examining makes perfect sense, but why are dental x-rays so important?
Dental x-rays allows dentists to see what their eyes can’t. While dentists do have a keen sense of what’s going on inside your mouth, they don’t have the ability to see any problems that might be lurking underneath your teeth and your gums. A dental x-ray will show a dentist what’s happening at the root level of your teeth, and even inside your teeth. The x-ray will let your dentist definitively know if there are any cracks or chips in teeth that are not visible to the naked eye, and will also detect any beginning signs of decay that can lead to cavities down the road. Dental x-rays also show any previous dental work that has been done, so are particularly useful if you are switching dentists.
It’s recommended that you have a dental x-ray performed once a year. Most dental insurance companies will cover once yearly x-rays in addition to your normal dental exams, but be sure to check your insurance company’s policies regarding x-rays. If you ever have any questions about dental x-rays or why they are necessary, talk it over with your dentist so that you can be comfortable and knowledgeable about your complete dental health.
Curious about dental x-rays or need to schedule your next dental exam? Contact the professionals at DentaLux LLC to make an appointment or ask any questions that you may have. We’re here to help and make your teeth our number one priority!