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If you just get your teeth cleaned when you visit the dentist, then you are just scratching the surface of what you should do to keep your mouth healthy. Dental exams include a visual inspection of your mouth, but many things can’t be seen with our eyes alone. That’s why the importance of X-rays should not be underestimated.
By getting X-rays, you are more likely to catch problems that could go unnoticed, such as:
- Abscessed teeth
- Bone infections
- Gum disease in the early stages
- Small cavities
- Tumors and cysts
For these reasons and more, our Jeffersonville, IN dentist office encourages all our patients to get X-rays regularly. Since we use digital X-rays, you are exposed to a mere fraction of the radiation of old X-ray machines. Plus, digital images can be seen almost instantly, which saves time during your dental visits.
To schedule your next dental exam – with X-rays – at Kirchner Dental, call 812-913-6093 today!
Save Time, Money, & Your Smile
Detecting problems early means you can begin treatment sooner. This means your treatment is less invasive and more effective. That can save money and time, as well as your smile.
By getting X-rays (also known as radiographs), you are being proactive about your oral health. Cavities can grow quite large before you might notice them, especially if they form between teeth or behind an old filling. With an X-ray, however, decay stands out, so we know that treatment is needed. That could be the difference between getting a filling now or needing emergency root canal treatment very soon.
As valuable as X-rays are for finding cavities and gum disease, they are more important when it comes to oral cancer. The survival rate is 80 to 90 percent for patients whose oral cancer is found early. That drops to about 57 percent when oral cancer is detected in the latter stages of the disease.
Take Charge of Your Oral Health
We would love it if no one ever developed tooth decay, periodontal disease, or oral cancer. In the real world, these things happen. It’s why we emphasize preventive care as part of our family dentistry. If we can take care of a problem before it gets out of hand, that’s better for you and the people you love.
We hope you appreciate the importance of X-rays, and why they should be part of your dental checkups. To request an X-ray exam at Kirchner Dental, call our Jeffersonville, IN dentist office at 812-913-6093 or contact us online.