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What problems can dental X-rays detect in adults?

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In adults, dental X-rays can be used to:

  • Show areas of decay, especially small areas of decay between teeth
  • Find decay under an existing filling
  • Reveal bone loss that can happen with gum disease
  • Show changes in the bone or in the root canal
  • Show an abscess (an infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth)
  • Show other abnormalities, such as cysts and some types of tumors

From: When to Get Dental X-Rays WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on November 12, 2018
Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on November 12, 2018

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