There are many important reasons why we may recommend you have an X-ray, or an updated X-ray, taken as part of your examination. An exam is not complete without seeing what is under your gums.
X-rays help us see all that is going on in your mouth–things that can’t be seen with the naked eye, such as:
- early stages of decay
- infections in the bone
- decay below the gum line
- loss of bone due to gum disease
By catching these issues early we can treat the problem and reduce the likelihood of you needing more complex and costly treatment later.