Melbourne Smile Clinic

Why are Radiographs (x-rays) necessary?

They are necessary for a variety of reasons:

For decay detection

During an examination, decay in a tooth can be seen if it is in an area that is visible in the mouth. Often, however, the decay between teeth or in areas where it cannot be easily visualised with the naked eye and hence remain undetected.  The following images illustrate how taking a radiograph allows detection of decay otherwise not visible to the naked eye.

For root canal treatment

During root canal treatment, radiographs are an absolute necessity as the dentist is operating inside the tooth within the root system. 

For pre-assessement before major dental treatment such as:      

Orthodontics

Implant placement

Crown and bridge work

Prior to extraction of teeth

Radiographs show the hidden root structure of a tooth and also its position relative to other teeth and other anatomical structures. 

For general diagnosis of pathology and gum disease

Pain in the oro-facial region is often dentally related. Radiographs can be helpful in confirming the diagnosis. Simple visual examination might not provide enough information to allow the dentist to reach a definite diagnosis.

Radiographs also allow assessment of gum disease severity.

Covid-19 precautions in place: Dental treatment is available for patients who present no Covid-19 risk factors and for whom delaying treatment will lead to negative outcomes. Patients who have tested positive to Covid-19, have been a close contact of a positive case or have been to any listed exposure sites are advised to delay dental treatment until clear of all risks. Patients are kindly asked to check-in using the QR code at reception and to make sure that they do not present any symptoms indicative of possible Covid-19 infection. Patients will need to hand-sanitise and use a disinfecting mouthrinse prior to treatment being provided.