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The Importance of Dental X-rays

By Bruce Wilderman on December 26, 2013

The Importance of Dental X-raysThere are many ways that a dentist can improve the look and health of your smile. Some of these involve advanced aesthetic care options, others involve therapies that restore and rebuild tooth structure. Yet one of the most important things that can be done is performing effective diagnostics. Diagnostic procedures are the key to great dental care.

When you stop by our cosmetic dentistry center, we'll be sure to provide you with detailed information regarding your overall health and wellness during the consultation process. Right now, we want to discuss the importance of dental x-rays when it comes to effective dental treatment.

About Dental X-Rays

Dental x-rays are taken in order to examine the health and strength of various structures in the mouth. In the past, traditional radiography techniques were used, though today, advances in digital imaging and scanning have resulted in the advent of digital x-rays. These are accurate and greatly reduce the amount of radiation exposure as well.

The Importance of Diagnostic Care

Diagnostic care is at the center of all dental care procedures no matter what they are. When combined with other examination procedures, x-rays allow your dentist to understand the extent and the seriousness of a dental health issue. Once this has been determined, the proper dental care procedure can be performed.

Below we will briefly go over the various applications for dental radiography.

Applications for Dental X-Rays in Restorative Care

Restorative dentistry is all about rebuilding tooth structure and soft tissue in the mouth. In order to determine the best method of restoration, it's important to first understand the type and degree of the tooth or gum tissue damage. Digital x-rays give dentists the ability to make accurate assessments with regard to various kinds of restorations, meaning expertly crafting fillings, inlays, onlays, and so forth.

Applications for Dental X-Rays in Cosmetic Care

In cosmetic dentistry, even though the primary concern is aesthetics, x-rays are an important part of determining the type of care required. With regard to chips and cracks of the teeth, the severity of the damage will determine if dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or a restorative measure would be best for the patient. Determining the right treatment is possible thanks to dental x-rays.

Applications for Digital X-Rays in Preventative Care

While dental care treatments are often reactive, they can also be proactive in terms of preventative care. Using dental x-rays, our team can spot minor problems and help address them before they become more serious. This goes for minor issues with tooth decay all the way to problems with jaw joint alignment.

Other Matters to Consider with Regard to Dental X-Rays

Dental x-rays are a tool just like other things, and it's important for dentists to use the right tools in combination with one another. During the consultation and examination process, different kinds of checks will be performed so that we can provide the best possible care.

We will also be sure to discuss dental health matters with you in full detail. Open communication with your dentist is just as important as dental x-rays with regard to maintaining overall dental wellness.

Learn More About Advanced Dental Care

For more information about dental care treatments and your many options out there for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our dental care center serving Philadelphia today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental wellness.

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