X-rays, also known as radiographic images are essential when it comes to diagnosing dental treatment. They are diagnostic, but can also be preventative. They help a dentist diagnose potential issues before it becomes major. An x-ray is a type of energy passing through the soft tissues in your mouth and capturing dense tissue. For example, we cannot see cheeks and gum on an x-ray, but we can see teeth and bone.
X-rays are divided into two main categories, intraoral and extraoral. Intraoral are taken inside of the mouth while extraoral are taken outside of the mouth. intraorals are the most common type of X-rays. They help find cavities, help examine the roots of teeth, check bone health, diagnose periodontal disease, understand the status of a developing tooth and monitor health through prevention.
The benefits of X-rays are well known. They help dentists diagnose common problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and infections. Radiographs also allow dentists to see beneath gums and inside of a tooth. It is important to visit your dentist every six months for a regular check-up, x-rays and cleaning to help prevent any future problems related to your oral health.