Why do I need dental x-rays?
Like other x-rays ordered by doctors to check for things like broken bones, we use dental x-rays to help see the parts of your teeth that sit below the gums and the surrounding bone.
We may recommend that you undergo a series of x-rays if we have not seen you before as a patient, so that we can complete a comprehensive examination to understand your overall dental status.
What problems could a dental x-ray reveal?
We may need to take different types of x-rays depending upon what structures we are trying to view. Larger x-rays often provide a broader overview and are often taken outside the mouth. Smaller x-rays (where the x-ray film is placed inside the mouth) are used to show a smaller area in more detail, such as the area between two teeth.
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