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A routine part of your annual 6-month visit to see Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek at Dakota Ridge Dental in Littleton, Colorado, is getting an X-ray of your teeth. It’s pretty obvious that using an X-ray is a great way to help your dentist find cavities, but X-rays have a lot of other benefits for dental professionals. Let’s take a few moments to see what those are.

Finding infections

We’re not perfect, which means at one point or another we’ll slack off on our oral health care routines. if this happens, you do open yourself up to some potentially nasty issues, including infections in your teeth or jawbone. If this occurs, spotting an infection as soon as possible is the best way to make sure that you can treat it before it causes any serious damage. An X-ray can find infections before you even know they exist.

Monitor current fillings

If you have fillings in place currently, an X-ray can help Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek check the integrity of your current fillings and see if there are any areas of decay around or beneath the fillings. This is important because if there are areas of decay, they can quickly become a much more serious problem than simply loose fillings.

If you need to schedule a cleaning, call us today at 303.933.2420.