Dental radiographs allow us to care for teeth appropriately. Instead of relying on the old wisdom of “it looks healthy,” we can actually see if the root of a tooth is healthy or compromised. In many cases, the outward appearance of the tooth is not the best indication of whether or not a tooth is healthy. Dental radiographs allow us to save teeth previously thought to be compromised, or remove a tooth if it is too compromised to save.
Shelby’s canines and incisors were in terrible condition visually- heavy tartar and severe gingivitis. We were concerned that all the teeth could have tooth-root abscesses. Radiographs indicate that both canines were infected, but that the incisors were not. In the below radiograph the bone surrounding the tooth roots is solid and there are no abscesses, which would show up as dark pockets. The lighter areas at the top of the radiograph are normal (opening to the nose.) The incisors were not compromised and were therefore not extracted.