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What are dental x-rays for?
39 doctors weighed in

Dr. Guy Hanson
Dentistry
9 doctors agree
In brief: Visualization
Dental x-rays are used to allow the visualization of cavities, bone level, tumors and infections causing bone loss in areas that cannot be seen directly by the eye.
They can be used to determine the presence of unerupted teeth as well as malpositioned teeth. Specific x-rays may show the adequacy of one's airway space.

In brief: Visualization
Dental x-rays are used to allow the visualization of cavities, bone level, tumors and infections causing bone loss in areas that cannot be seen directly by the eye.
They can be used to determine the presence of unerupted teeth as well as malpositioned teeth. Specific x-rays may show the adequacy of one's airway space.
Dr. Guy Hanson
Dr. Guy Hanson
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
5 doctors agree
In brief: Detect disease
X-rays are used to help diagnose and detect disease/infection deep in the tooth structures or surrounding bones.
It gives the doctor xray vision to see through the gums and tooth structure.

In brief: Detect disease
X-rays are used to help diagnose and detect disease/infection deep in the tooth structures or surrounding bones.
It gives the doctor xray vision to see through the gums and tooth structure.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. J BARRY Stovall
General Practice
5 doctors agree
In brief: Diagnosis
X-rays allow the dentist to diagnose decay, periodontal disease , abscess, and many other conditions that are not apparent with a visual exam.

In brief: Diagnosis
X-rays allow the dentist to diagnose decay, periodontal disease , abscess, and many other conditions that are not apparent with a visual exam.
Dr. J BARRY Stovall
Dr. J BARRY Stovall
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
3 doctors agree
In brief: Diagnosis and Record
X-rays are an important tool for dentists to diagnose dental diseases.
The dental X-rays also have been used as a record for Medicolegal Investigation.

In brief: Diagnosis and Record
X-rays are an important tool for dentists to diagnose dental diseases.
The dental X-rays also have been used as a record for Medicolegal Investigation.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Steven Roth
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: For diagnosis
Xrays or radiographs are used to detect and diagnos cavities, abscesses, periodontal disese, tumors, tooth positions and possibly other oral diseases and conditions a full set is recommended every three years and bitewing or checkup x-rays once a year.

In brief: For diagnosis
Xrays or radiographs are used to detect and diagnos cavities, abscesses, periodontal disese, tumors, tooth positions and possibly other oral diseases and conditions a full set is recommended every three years and bitewing or checkup x-rays once a year.
Dr. Steven Roth
Dr. Steven Roth
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Dr. Brian Hoffman
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Comprehensive Care
Dental x-rays are part of the comprehensive approach to proper dental health.
They are used in conjunction with a visual exam (clinical), as well as intraoral camera pictures (photos), etc to give the doctor and the patient an entire series of information, ensuring proper care is given. We see additional information from x-rays that we would otherwise not see.

In brief: Comprehensive Care
Dental x-rays are part of the comprehensive approach to proper dental health.
They are used in conjunction with a visual exam (clinical), as well as intraoral camera pictures (photos), etc to give the doctor and the patient an entire series of information, ensuring proper care is given. We see additional information from x-rays that we would otherwise not see.
Dr. Brian Hoffman
Dr. Brian Hoffman
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3 doctors agree
In brief: To see
Like a physician can see a broken bone with an x-ray when they cannot see it from the outside of your body, the dentist uses an x-ray to see the condition of the interior of the tooth and bone.
However, an x-ray does not tell the entire story, it is only one step of great assistance in diagnosis and treatment.

In brief: To see
Like a physician can see a broken bone with an x-ray when they cannot see it from the outside of your body, the dentist uses an x-ray to see the condition of the interior of the tooth and bone.
However, an x-ray does not tell the entire story, it is only one step of great assistance in diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner
Dr. Douglas Tavenner
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Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Disease determinatio
Dental xrays are used to determine whether there is disease of the bone, gum or teeth.
Visual oral examinations can not always see the extent of decay between teeth, under the gum lines or conditions such as fractures or abcesses, .

In brief: Disease determinatio
Dental xrays are used to determine whether there is disease of the bone, gum or teeth.
Visual oral examinations can not always see the extent of decay between teeth, under the gum lines or conditions such as fractures or abcesses, .
Dr. Robert Chin
Dr. Robert Chin
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Diagnosis
They allow us to view carious damage to teeth where they contact, an area that is obscured to normal eyesight.
They also allow us to assess the condition of the bone holding the teeth.

In brief: Diagnosis
They allow us to view carious damage to teeth where they contact, an area that is obscured to normal eyesight.
They also allow us to assess the condition of the bone holding the teeth.
Dr. Charles Lockhart
Dr. Charles Lockhart
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Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Better diagnosis
The dentist uses x-rays to detect decay between the teeth and to see how deep decay is in a tooth.
Also, the dentist can see changes in the bone structure surrounding the teeth.

In brief: Better diagnosis
The dentist uses x-rays to detect decay between the teeth and to see how deep decay is in a tooth.
Also, the dentist can see changes in the bone structure surrounding the teeth.
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
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Dr. David Epstein
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Diagnosis
Of any periodontal disease (bone level), anomalies in teeth or bone and the presence of decay, fillings, sinus proximity etc.
they should be done yearly (bite wings) and a full set or panorex (digital) every 5 years unless something otherwise is suspected.

In brief: Diagnosis
Of any periodontal disease (bone level), anomalies in teeth or bone and the presence of decay, fillings, sinus proximity etc.
they should be done yearly (bite wings) and a full set or panorex (digital) every 5 years unless something otherwise is suspected.
Dr. David Epstein
Dr. David Epstein
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Dr. Ira Biderman
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: to evaluate themouth
X-rays are used to see what we cannot see when we are looking in the mouth, we can see decay between teeth, the level of the bone that is holding the teeth in the jaw and we are also to see in anything abnormal is going on in the mouth.

In brief: to evaluate themouth
X-rays are used to see what we cannot see when we are looking in the mouth, we can see decay between teeth, the level of the bone that is holding the teeth in the jaw and we are also to see in anything abnormal is going on in the mouth.
Dr. Ira Biderman
Dr. Ira Biderman
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Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Diagnosis
Dental x-rays are used to view the teeth, bone, and surrounding tissues.
The dentist can diagnose cavities, potential infection, bone lesions and other pathology that otherwise couldn't be seen.

In brief: Diagnosis
Dental x-rays are used to view the teeth, bone, and surrounding tissues.
The dentist can diagnose cavities, potential infection, bone lesions and other pathology that otherwise couldn't be seen.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dr. Kevin Owoc
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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dentistry - Periodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Inside
Simply, we use x-rays to see inside at structures we can not see by looking.
This refers primarily to hard structures, such as, teeth and bone.

In brief: Inside
Simply, we use x-rays to see inside at structures we can not see by looking.
This refers primarily to hard structures, such as, teeth and bone.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
There are different types of X- rays - digital or film and some have less radiation
Dr. Neil McLeod
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
In brief: Showing the unseen
X-radiation is absorbed a different rates by the materials through which they pass, and they can detected with film or digital sensors.
The rays pass through bone and teeth and cast a shadow of what is covered or concealed allowing dentists to diagnose the presence of treatment needs. The position of unerrupted teeth and the presence of decay and many other anatomical features can be discovered.

In brief: Showing the unseen
X-radiation is absorbed a different rates by the materials through which they pass, and they can detected with film or digital sensors.
The rays pass through bone and teeth and cast a shadow of what is covered or concealed allowing dentists to diagnose the presence of treatment needs. The position of unerrupted teeth and the presence of decay and many other anatomical features can be discovered.
Dr. Neil McLeod
Dr. Neil McLeod
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