While your dentist will provide a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth and look for signs of tooth decay, cavities, and other dental issues, it is possible to have dental problems that are outside of our line of sight.
If we suspect an issue, it is your first time at our dental practice, or if it has been a while since your last dental x-ray, we will recommend getting x-rays done to get a complete picture of your oral health. This is nothing to be alarmed about; it just gives us the opportunity to see what is happening in your teeth, beneath the old fillings, your gums, and in your jawbone so that we can avoid or treat issues before they become big problems.
X-rays are used for both the diagnosis and prevention of dental issues, making them an essential part of your dental treatment plan. Some x-rays may be taken inside the mouth while others are done outside the mouth. The type of x-rays we will use will depend on the purpose of taking x-rays and the type of care we need to provide you with. These x-rays give us insight to the areas, which are otherwise difficult to inspect with the naked eye.
Your x-ray will help us find cavities, check the status of the existing fillings, examine your tooth roots, monitor developing teeth and wisdom teeth, check the health of the bone area surrounding your tooth, identify signs of periodontal disease (more advanced stages of gingivitis) and look at your overall oral health.
Yes, dental x-rays are a common diagnosing tool in dentistry and are safe for both children and adults. The equipment we use only directs small doses of radiation to the relevant area.
Is it time for you to have a dental check up? Call the Goulburn Family and Cosmetic Dental Practice team today on (02) 4822 8224 to book your next dental check up.