X-rays have been used in dentistry for various diagnostic purposes. Some of them are to get a better view of the underlying tissues, whereas some are to get a closer look at details that are invisible to the naked eye. At Spa Dentistry, San Jose, our dentists utilize digital X-rays to accurately determine what and how severe your oral condition is and, based on the findings, formulate the most suitable treatment plan to address it.
X-ray radiography is used in dentistry for the following purposes:
Cavities can appear to be very small to the naked eye but could run deep and are very invasive if left untreated for a long time. In some cases, the decay has advanced to the root canal cavity, resulting in root canal infection. We use digital X-rays to get a better view of the underlying tooth root and root canal cavity. It helps us determine the extent of damage caused by the infection and how far it has progressed.
Damaged Teeth Diagnosis
External trauma to the mouth brought about by vehicular, work, or sporting accidents can cause the teeth to crack, chip, or break. In some extreme instances, even the jawbone may be damaged as well, which could result in severe pain and complications. For these cases, we use digital X-rays to get a better view of the damaged tissues and, based on what we see from them, plan the restoration and treatment accordingly.
Jawbone Deterioration Diagnosis
When a tooth is removed from the jawbone, a small amount of bone may be removed from the jawbone. Over time, it leads to shrinkage and deterioration of the jawbone. It could make the adjoining teeth loosen from their positions. Also, if you wish to get a dental implant to replace your missing tooth, a shrunken jawbone would make you ineligible for the restoration. In such instances, we will check for the extent of bone deterioration and drifting of teeth using X-rays.
These are just some of the applications dental X-rays are used for. There are other applications like oral cancer screening, determining the growth of unwanted and suspicious tissues, checking for malocclusion, drawing out suitable orthodontic solutions, etc.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Spa Dentistry in San Jose, CA to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (408) 270-7723 or reach out through online consultation, and we’ll be happy to help.