Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when your dentist examines your mouth. An X-ray examination may reveal:
Small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
Infections in the bone
Periodontal (gum) disease
Abscesses or cysts developmental
Some types of tumors
Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money, and unnecessary discomfort. A dental X-ray can detect damage to oral structures not visible during a regular exam. If you have a hidden tumor, radiographs may even help save your life.
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