If dental issues only happened on the surface there would be no need for dental X-rays; however, this is not the case. Too often damage and infections happen in places that you simply can't see. To see a complete view of a child’s oral cavity, special imaging equipment must be used. X-Rays.
Some people may think that X-rays are just for adults - this is not always the case. X-rays help pediatric dentists see amazing things. A dentist must be able to see how the teeth, gums, and bite develop over time. While everything might look fine on the surface (above the gum line), there can be problems occurring underneath that are only detectable when using this kind of imaging.
X-RAYS ARE USED FOR
- Infection - inside a tooth or its root
- Wisdom teeth that are impacted and angled incorrectly, pushing against healthy teeth
- Whether there is enough space for permanent teeth to come out
- If baby teeth are coming out correctly
- If lesions are forming