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 update: All dental procedures are provided under Level1 Restrictions. Covid-19 precautions are being observed.
Patients with Covid-19, who have been close contacts of a case, who have been overseas in the last 2 weeks or who have symptoms are requested to defer dental treatment until testing negative to Covid-19. Patients are asked to wear a mask in the waiting room and to observe social distancing. Patients also need to sign in using the QR code at reception. Hand sanitisation and a hydrogen peroxide mouthrinse will be required of patients before being seen.

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