Digital radiographs (x-rays) are an essential component of every dental exam. Radiographs allow your dental team to identify dental disease that is not obvious during a visual oral exam. Cavities between the teeth, tumors, and root infections are often first identified with digital radiography. Dentists need to know what is present visually as well as what is revealed by radiographs to provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Dentists take into account your unique patient history when prescribing dental x-rays. Your dental history, age, systemic health, and risk for oral disease are considered when making specific frequency recommendations for dental x-rays.