A check-up involves a thorough examination of the teeth, gums and mouth so as to identify any early signs of dental problems. This will prevent minor problems from becoming major ones.
X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative, by helping a dentist diagnose developing or potential oral care issues.
Dental X-rays are pictures of the teeth, bones, and soft tissues around them. They are taken routinely to identify hidden problems within the teeth and jaws. X-ray pictures can show cavities, hidden dental structures (such as wisdom teeth), and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual examination.