One common question that people have when visiting the dentist is “Do I really need x-rays?”
Yes! Dental x-rays help us diagnose problems that the dentist cannot see with the naked eye.
A perfectly healthy looking tooth:
The easiest way to think of it is like this:
X-rays help us diagnose a cavity that is THIS big.
We can see a cavity with our magnifying eyewear that is THIS big.
It starts to hurt when a cavity is THIS big.
X-rays also help diagnose other problems, such as gum disease, impacted teeth, and cysts.
Concerns about dental x-rays also revolve around how much radiation you will be exposed to.