An X-Ray is an image, on special film, showing the structure of which a focused beam of X-Ray particles are passed through. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-Rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process and not to use them could lead to undiagnosed diseases. Without an X-Ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
In our office, we use digital radiology which allows us to take X-Rays using 50-70% less radiation than conventional X-Rays. Coupled with computer monitoring, digital X-Ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns.