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Radiographic Examination

A radiographic examination is an integral part of the comprehensive oral examination because it reveals problems that aren’t readily detectable during intraoral or extraoral examination, such as defects in the roots of the teeth or the matrix of the support structures of the jaw. A radiographic examination is also known as taking X-rays. One of the greatest advantages of X-ray examination is that it allows current and potential problems with teeth and the bones of the jaw evident quickly, permitting Dr. De Andrade to pinpoint where to focus restorative efforts and what therapeutic or surgical treatments might be most efficacious.

Examining the unseen

Some of the things that show up on X-ray are deformities, defects, and abnormalities in the structure of the teeth and jaw. X-rays can also show cancerous cavities in teeth, areas where bone density is depleted, areas of bone resorption (melting) in the jaw, and evidence of periodontal disease which are not readily visible or can be missed during an intraoral or extraoral examination. X-rays are just one of the diagnostic tools available, like diagnostic photography. The purpose of X-rays is to give an inside look at the structures of the jaw and allow ready examination of areas that would not otherwise be visible.

Radiographic examination showing the full set of teeth and jaw bone, importantly showing the enitre mouth to evaluate any other possible future issues.

Radiographic examination showing the full set of teeth and jaw bone, importantly showing the enitre mouth to evaluate any other possible future issues.

Our Thorough New Patient Evaluation

Every new patient who comes to Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants gets a radiographic examination as part of the comprehensive oral examination. This ensures that potential and actual problems not visible to the naked eye are addressed before they have a chance to become more severe and require aggressive surgical procedures such as osseous surgery to repair. Dr. De Andrade prefers to use the least invasive and aggressive treatment options available for any given problem, and X-ray evaluation is an invaluable tool to aid the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of oral health problems.
Having an X-ray worries many people because of concerns about exposure to radiation. However, you probably get more radiation exposure being outside on a sunny day than you do during a radiographic examination. The thorough nature of an X-ray examination and the pinpoint diagnostic accuracy it provides and the savings in time, money, and possible periodontal issues now and in the future make radiographic examination a safe and effective diagnostic tool. This is why radiographic examination is such a valued and crucial process of the initial evaluation and consultation process, and why it is relied upon so heavily.



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