Dental Health 101

Since, dental providers can physically only see about one-third of the actual tooth, x-rays are an important way to get the full picture. Try to think of your tooth like an iceberg.  You really wouldn’t want your dentist to make an assessment of your tooth just based on what they can see floating above the surface, would you? Here are some major reasons you should consider x-rays a valuable part of your oral health care.  

  • Check For Decay Between Teeth:  Sometimes decay isn’t visible to the naked eye and exists in areas the dentist cannot see.
  • Look For Bone Loss Connected to Gum Disease: Gum disease can cause bone loss and an x-ray will show how advanced it is.
  • Find Decay Under Fillings: Sometimes decay under fillings can occur and can only be seen with an x-ray.
  • Search For Infection At The Tip Of The Root: Infections can appear at the very bottom of your teeth where the bone is, which needs to be confirmed using an x-ray.
  • Examine The Area Before Treatment: Dentists need a full view of the teeth and bone before procedures such as braces, implants & tooth removal.


*Getting x-rays when your dental provider recommends them can save you money in the long run and ensure we provide the best care possible when you get your treatment.