X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic tools, but can also be preventive by helping our dentist to diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem. An X-ray is a type of energy that passes through soft tissues and is absorbed by dense tissue. Teeth and bone are very dense, so they absorb X-rays, while X-rays pass more easily through gums and cheeks, creating an accurate image that our dentist can work from.
X-rays are divided into two main categories, intraoral and extraoral. Intraoral X-rays are the most common type of radiograph taken in dentistry. They give a high level of detail of the tooth, bone and supporting tissues of the mouth.
These X-rays allows the dentist to:
- Find cavities
- Look at the tooth roots
- Check the health of the bony area around the tooth
- Determine if periodontal disease is an oral care issue
- See the status of developing teeth
- Monitor good tooth health through prevention
Dr. Anthony Pfleger uses our dental X-rays in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to provide you with better, more attentive treatment. Receive this dental treatment at Smile Rite II and call 717-960-9969 for your dental appointment today!