Why do dentists complete dental x-rays?

Dentist patient looking at a dental x-ray imageIf you’ve been to the dentist, you know that dental x-rays are a common tool used to evaluate the smile. Dental x-rays are specialized imaging tools that Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM may employ to evaluate a patient’s smile and plan for future procedures. Many patients have questions about dental x-rays and why they are necessary, which is why today we are talking about this indispensable diagnostic tool.

What is a dental x-ray?

A dental x-ray is best described as an image that allows a dentist to look beyond where the eye can see. Dental x-rays use radiation to create images of the teeth, bone, and gums. These images are great for ensuring a dentist has a clear picture of the patient’s oral health and wellness. In addition to using dental x-rays to diagnose certain conditions, they can also be taken to determine a patient’s candidacy for procedures such as dental implants or visualize and plan for an upcoming dental procedures.

Why are dental x-rays important?

Without dental x-rays, many conditions may go unnoticed, especially decay that might not be noticeable from a physical evaluation. Patients who change dentists may undergo new x-rays during their first appointment so the dentist can determine where previous procedures had been performed, including root canal therapy and dental fillings for cavities. These images allow for planning of later treatments and discussion of one’s current oral health situation.

Are dental x-rays safe?

While dental x-rays do utilize radiation to complete, the amount used in miniscule in comparison to what patients are exposed to during their day-to-day routines. However, we still have patients wear lead aprons for protection and only take x-rays when absolutely necessary.

How do I learn more about dental x-rays?

Whether you have perfect dental health or you are in need of dental work, dental x-rays may be necessary to monitor oral health and provide insight for the dental team on upcoming procedures. Albuquerque, NM patients can call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team at (505) 881-1159 to request a consultation visit or discuss upcoming procedures. The office is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C and accepts new patients and families.

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