Radiographic examinations of the mouth and teeth are important in the diagnosis and management of many dental conditions. Using radiographs, your dentist can detect problemsthat may not be seen during a routine examinations, and sometimes before symptoms appear.
Oral cancer, cysts, infections, hidden caries, impacted teeth and bone loss due to gum disease are among the many conditions that can show up during examinations. With early detection, a problem can be treated before it becomes serious, requiring treatment that is more involved.
Radiographs are often necessary before procedures such as tooth extraction, filling of removable prostheses, fitting of braces, placement of crowns and bridges, and root canal treatment. Information from the radiograph assists your dentist in planning the procedure.