X-rays are an important part of preventive dentistry for a few reasons.
First, x-rays are an excellent way to help prevent future oral health conditions or uncover small issues before they become costly and time-absorbing problems in the future. For example, your dentist may discover a small infection below the gumline that, if treated today, can save you a toothache, root canal treatment and dental crown at a later date.
X-rays help your dentist learn about the anatomy of your smile behind the scenes as well. Is a wisdom tooth compromising a nerve, for example? Is a wisdom tooth encroaching on neighbouring teeth?
Additionally, x-rays taken periodically are an excellent way for your dentist to compare oral health changes. Did you have an emerging oral health issue last year? If so, is it improving? Is the treatment working? X-rays help answer these questions and more.
Your dentist in Walkerville or Richmond takes periodic x-rays to help keep your smile safe and comfortable. It is our goal to help you maintain long-term oral health, and x-rays play a role in that.
If you haven’t had a dental check-up in a while and would like to arrange an exam, or if you have any questions, we encourage your call.