Dental x-rays are pictures taken of the teeth, bones, gums, and surrounding soft tissue in your mouth. X-rays allow Dr. Wilhite to detect any disease in the teeth and jaw, and view any additional issues within your mouth. For example, dental x-rays can show cavities, incoming teeth, and bone loss in your jaw. Not all of these have obvious or apparent signs and symptoms, which is why dental x-rays are so beneficial.
In addition, x-rays can show tooth decay between teeth that is not visible during an oral exam. This allows the best methods of preventative treatment, and the earliest diagnosis of tooth decay. Because tooth decay can lead to many other expensive and painful tooth issues, it is important to identify this disease as early as possible. Thanks to dental x-rays, it is possible to treat serious issues like tooth decay, in the early stages of development. X-rays act as an early detection system, and are a valuable dental tool.
In the long run, dental x-rays are beneficial to both Dr. Wilhite and you. Many untreated tooth and gum diseases can lead to very serious, expensive, and even life-threatening complications. It is important to have regular x-rays to ensure the best preventive and diagnostic care possible.
How Often Do I Need Dental X-Rays?
Depending on a variety of factors, you may need dental x-rays more or less frequently. For example, children need x-rays often so that we can identify the growth patterns of their adult teeth. If you have not been to the dentist recently, you may need dental x-rays as frequently as every six months. Others only need dental x-rays every few years. Dr. Wilhite and his team will be able to identify you needs.
How much do Dental X-Rays cost?
Contact us today to set up your free consultation. We can discuss your goals and options for dental x-rays. Plus, we’ll talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.