Discomfort may or may not be caused by decay.

With the help of greater magnification and powerful lighting, decay is easier to detect early on. This is important in restricting tooth damage, as it’s less difficult to treat small cavities.

Physical signs of early tooth decay are not always apparent. A tooth may look healthy, but an x-ray can help a dentist detect if there are signs of enamel decay, root infection, or the loss of bone around a tooth.

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