Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

What Are You Looking for in My X-Rays?

April 22, 2016
Posted By: Bruce E. Matthews, DDS
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As we provide dental care for you and your family, we will take regular sets of x-rays. This is done for a very specific reason.

Simply put, x-rays are one of the best diagnostic tools available to dentists. While we can find a lot of problems with a visual examination, x-rays allow us to identify issues that are developing within the teeth and below the gums, long before they reach the surface.

One of our goals is to keep our patients from experiencing dental pain. If you’ve ever had a toothache before, you know how painful it can be and how it can interfere with your life. With regular cleanings, examinations, and x-rays at our Wilmington, DE family dentist practice, we can help you avoid this type of problem and emergency.

Common Problems We Can Spot Using X-Rays

An x-ray helps us to spot a problem at the earliest possible moment. This allows for comfortable, conservative dentistry to treat the problem before it becomes more complex. It also helps us learn of developing problems before they cause you pain.

Some of the issues we often diagnose using an x-ray include:

  • Tooth decay, particularly between teeth or beneath the gum line
  • Tartar build-up beneath the gum line
  • Periodontal disease and dental bone deterioration
  • Tooth impaction, which occurs when a tooth is partially or completely covered by gum tissue
  • Bite abnormalities
  • Infections
  • Tumors

Digital Dental X-Rays

At our practice, we use digital x-rays. This type of x-ray is safer, faster, and more comfortable. Plus, the high resolution makes diagnostics even easier!

The x-rays are available for viewing on a computer monitor instantly, and we can even zoom in and highlight areas to help show you any areas of concern. Because there’s no need for chemicals or film, digital dental x-rays are also better for the environment. They can be stored directly in your electronic chart for easy retrieval and comparison, and we can securely send them to your insurance company or any specialists, when necessary.

Ask Us Your Questions!

We are always happy to answer your questions about x-rays and other aspects of your care. Don’t hesitate to give us a call today!

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