Why do you need dental X-rays?

Why do you need dental X-rays?

Posted by Varni Dental on Mar 16 2021, 08:24 PM

Dental x-rays have been used in the diagnosis and treatment of various oral conditions. Their worth has been proved time and again, as dentists get a better picture of the underlying oral tissues that aren't visible to the naked eye. Here is a brief read the helps you understand the importance of x-ray technology in dental treatment procedures.

Has your jawbone deteriorated?

Jawbone deterioration or shrinkage is a common symptom shown by patients when they have their natural teeth extracted. Also, it tends to deteriorate when the patient suffers from root canal infection, lack of calcium in the bone, or when they have periodontitis. A change in jawbone shape brings about a change in the facial shape as a whole and may also lead to a change in the alignment of the teeth. When the dentist needs to analyze the jawbone while treating you for the above-mentioned oral conditions, x-rays may be taken and studied.

What is a root canal infection?

The root canal cavity contains the dental pulp, comprising the blood vessels and nerves. When the oral bacteria gain access to the root canal, the pulp can get infected and may decay gradually. The dentist uses x-rays to get a precise view of the root canal cavity and understand how the oral condition has affected it. In case there are any dormant internal cavities, x-rays help to spot them as well, after which we will suggest suitable treatment.

Oral trauma

Being involved in an automobile accident, going through a bad fall, or perhaps a sports-related injury can damage the teeth and jawbone. When the dentist wants to know the extent of injury to the oral tissues, especially to find out if there are any cracks or fractures, x-rays will be used. Based on the results, suitable treatment will be suggested.

Do you have a malocclusion?

Malocclusion is an oral condition characterized by the misalignment of teeth. To treat malocclusion, it is crucial to understand the exact cause behind it. Scanning the oral cavity with the help of x-ray technology helps us understand the severity of the malocclusion, the alignment of the teeth and tooth roots, the involvement of jawbone shape, etc.

X-rays are used for various other purposes in dentistry. The recent advancements in dental technology have allowed us to devise x-ray equipment that produces a significantly lesser amount of radiation, making it safe and convenient for patients.

Schedule an online appointment or call our dental practice to have a consultation with our dentist in san jose ca at Varni Dental, and we'll guide you further.

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