Commonly Asked Questions

Why do I need to have x-rays taken?

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.