Why You Should Have Regular Dental X-rays

X-rays are an important part of a dental check-up. A dentist can use an x-ray to identify problems which may not be picked up by visual examination alone.

Key takeaways:

  • An x-ray helps identify tooth decay in areas between the teeth which can be difficult to see during a manual exam.
  • X-rays can highlight bone loss, which can impact on whether restorative treatments like dental implants are possible.
  • An x-ray can make a dentist aware of a small tumour or abscess, which could otherwise be missed during an examination.

“To detect problems such as tooth decay, x-rays are generally recommended once a year, but it depends on your unique oral health and your dentist’s professional judgement as to how often you may need them.”

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