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What Does the Dentist Look For in Dental X-Rays?

Last updated 6 years ago

Dentists use x-rays to look for different issues in an individual’s teeth that can’t be spotted with the naked eye. A kids’ dentist often looks at x-rays to find issues that are common in pediatric dentistry, such as cavities, misalignment, or impacted teeth.

Cavities can show up on dental x-rays before they are visible to a dentist’s eye, particularly if the areas of decay occur between teeth. A bitewing x-ray is typically taken during a dental check-up to detect these types of cavities.

Malocclusion of Teeth
An abnormality in one’s dental alignment or bite can be detected by x-rays. Children should receive dental x-rays to detect early malocclusion in the teeth, particularly if they use pacifiers past three years of age or have a habit of sucking their thumbs.

Impacted Teeth
Children and young adults are at risk of having impacted teeth which fail to emerge through the gums. The teeth most prone to becoming impacted are wisdom teeth, which typically emerge sometime between late teens and early twenties. Dental x-rays can detect impacted teeth, which can cause bite misalignment, cavities, or severe headaches and soreness if left untreated.

X-rays performed by a children’s dentist can allow the dentist to gauge whether or not there is sufficient space in the child’s mouth for incoming teeth. This can lead to early detection of spatial issues, such as overcrowding, which may require braces or other forms of correction.

Abscessed Teeth
Abscessed teeth may be caused by tooth decay or trauma such as chipping or breakage. It’s important to treat a tooth abscess right away, as infection can spread and lead to serious complications. An abscessed tooth is typically first spotted with dental x-rays.

To schedule an appointment for dental x-rays or to get in touch with an excellent pediatric dentist in Brooklyn, New York, contact Best Kids Dentist. Call (718) 491-5300 or visit our website for more information on our pediatric dentistry and orthodontic services. 


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