The Premier Dental Clinic Modbury – There are many reasons why a dentist may take radiographs or X-rays as part of their treatment package.
Radiographs will give a picture of a patient’s oral health and help identify issues such as tooth decay, cavities and impacted teeth.
In children, radiographs can show how their adult teeth are developing. And in adolescence and early adulthood, they can give information about wisdom teeth, the third and final set of molars.
Dental radiographs are also very useful if a patient has gum disease as they can help the dentist assess bone loss. They can also guide dentists in planning restorative work such as implants or bridges and identify cysts, tumours and abscesses.
Taking radiographs is a quick and painless procedure. The patient will put on a lead apron to protect against radiation.
Depending on the type of radiograph, the patient may stand while a machine moves around their head or bite on a block inside the mouth.
The dentist can then study the images to help plan their patient’s course of treatment.