The Use of X-Rays in Dentistry

X-rays are used to diagnose complications, damages, and signs of diseases that are not visible to the naked eye. The frequency of taking X-rays, also referred to as radiographs, will depend on different factors which include a patient’s current oral health, age, the risk for disease, and any prevalent signs and symptoms of oral diseases. There is no “one size fits all” concept behind the intervals of dental X-rays. Dentists follow the “ALARA” principle, a phrase that stands for “As Low as Reasonably Achievable.” As long as a person is in the hands of a professional team, there is no need to worry about the radiation levels brought by dental X-rays.

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What can dental X-rays detect? 

Dental X-rays are necessary for making an accurate diagnosis. With their help, it is easier to provide treatment for various dental problems. Here are some of the complications that dental X-rays can detect:

  • Areas of decay in between teeth or under fillings 
  • Bone loss due to gum disease 
  • Abscesses, which are infections at the tooth root or between the teeth and gums 
  • Changes in the root canal
  • Tumors

Additionally, X-rays also help dentists prepare tooth implants, braces, and other similar treatments that need a very detailed image of the teeth and mouth. Without X-rays, so many dental health problems will go undetected, and oral appliances will not be as effective. 

Why are dental X-rays important?

One of the reasons people go to the dentist is for early detection of dental problems. It is true that a physical examination can detect noticeable signs of oral issues; however, some diseases are not easily seen by the naked eye. For this reason, dental X-rays are important diagnostic tools in dentistry. Thanks to dental X-rays, oral diseases can be detected early, and treatment can be administered before these problems progress into severe complications.


For accurate diagnosis regarding your dental health, avail of dental X-rays under our Regular Checkups in Tampa, FL. Our staff here at Westchase Smiles Institute are professionally trained to handle X-ray equipment and diagnose our valued patients. Find us at 9914 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, FL 33626. Call us if you want to know more!

If you prefer to speak to a team member please call (813) 920-9144

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