A thorough examination, aimed to investigate in detail the mouth of a patient, is the best way to perform an early diagnosis and maintain health.
It is a question of responsibility, because the patient entrusts his own health in the hands of the dentist who must take the charge with great respect.

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With this attitude focused to not to trust first impressions, but to investigate in depth, often are discovered potentially dangerous problems that have long remained not investigated.
A fundamental diagnostic element is the use of the appropriate x-rays.
Not all examinations are equivalent and their utilization must be adapted on a case by case
For example, it is not appropriate to use the panoramic radiographs to diagnose caries, and it is rather irresponsible not to perform a 3D Rx to remove a wisdom tooth in contact with the alveolar nerve.
Each tooth or oro-facial structure, which presents the risks of having pathology, must be investigated with an appropriate examination at a frequency that depends on the risk of the patient.
The correct attitude to take has been defined in international consensus by the acronym ALARP (As Low As Reasonably Practicable). Namely minimize radiographic examinations without reducing the diagnostic power.
The use of digital x-rays is part of this approach, because for the same examination digital radiographs require less radiation.