What do the results of a dental X-ray mean?

Dental x-rays can help the dentist see things the human eye can't detect such as tiny areas of decay between the teeth or below fillings; bone damage from an infection or cyst; bone loss from gum disease; developmental defects; some types of tumors; the effects of trauma; and the position of teeth that haven’t come in yet in children and adults.

This can help the dentist plan the appropriate treatment for you. If you have questions about any dental treatment, including x-rays, talk to your dentist

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