DENTAL X RAYS
A dental radiograph (x-ray) is an essential, preventative, diagnostic tool that provides crucial information that is not visible during a regular dental examination. Dental hygienists and dentists use this information to detect hidden dental abnormalities and develop accurate treatment plans. It is possible for problem areas to go undetected without x-rays.
The following may be revealed by dental x-rays:
- Cysts or abscesses.
- Loss of bone.
- Tumors that are cancerous and non-cancerous.
- Teeth decay.
- Abnormal development.
- Poorly positioned teeth and roots.
- A problem inside a tooth or below the gum line.
You can save time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth by detecting and treating dental problems early.
How safe are dental x-rays?
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
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