Why You May Need Dental X-rays

As a patient in our dental office, you may be wondering why our dentists always ask that you get your teeth x-rayed. The answer is simple: We want to make sure that any potential oral health problems are caught early on and treated before they can cause significant damage to your smile. So while dental x-rays aren’t absolutely necessary for everyone at every visit, they are an integral part of keeping your teeth healthy and strong. Drs. Peck, Homsi, Tyra, and Seo at Taylor Street Dental in Springfield, MA, can walk you through the purpose of dental x-rays and how often they are needed to maintain oral health and wellness over time.

How Often Do I Need Dental X-rays?

Getting dental x-rays just once a year isn’t enough to keep track of all of the changes that occur in your mouth over time. X-rays are a vital part of our regular dental checkups, as they allow us to see below the surface of your teeth and gums and spot signs of issues that may not be visible to the naked eye.

What Can Be Caught by Taking Regular Dental X-rays?

Some of the things our dentists at Taylor Street Dental can look for with dental x-rays include the following:

  • Cavities in-between your teeth or under old fillings
  • Gum disease affecting the jawbone and supporting tissues
  • Irregular growths or changes in your mouth that could indicate oral cancer or other serious conditions
  • Impacted wisdom teeth that could cause problems down the road if left untreated

Are You in Need of New Dental X-rays to Monitor Your Oral Health?

While dental x-rays aren’t necessary for everyone, they are a vital tool for maintaining good oral health and wellness. If you have any questions about why we use dental x-rays in our practice or how they are used, please don’t hesitate to ask us during your next visit. Drs. Peck, Homsi, Tyra, and Seo can educate you further on the benefits of using dental x-rays to monitor the smile for any potential problems that may be developing. Call 413-781-7645 to schedule your appointment!

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