Why do I need dental x-rays?
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.
The need for x-rays can depend on:
- If you’re an existing LifeCare patient
- Your age and dental history
- Any symptoms requiring investigation
- The number of teeth present
- Visible condition of your teeth & gums
- The treatment being proposed
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.
Some conditions which may show up on an x-ray:
- Tooth decay, including the presence of decay between your teeth and/or underneath fillings
- Tooth abscesses
- Bone loss associated with Peridontal (gum) disease
- Cysts, or areas of chronic infection which can be associated with unerrupted teeth, or teeth which have suffered some sort of trauma
- Your teeth are stained from drinks such as coffee, tea or red wine
- Developing teeth – whether they are present and whether they appear as expected in the correct location
- The presence of extra teeth or alternatively the absence of teeth
- The presence of wisdom teeth and their position
- Traumatic injuries such as tooth and/or bone fractures
- The presence of any growths
- Inflammation of sinuses (on larger x-rays)
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