Q: Why do I have to take X-rays?
A: A visual examination can only detect surface cavities. The x-ray helps to see under existing restorations and between teeth where to “naked” eye cannot. When we detect problems at an early stage the solution is simple. If we wait until we can see them it can be more complex to treat. Also an X-ray can show problems in the bone that otherwise would not be seen and can go undetected for years. We recommend x-rays on an individual need based on what we see or don’t see from a visual exam.