What are Dental X-Rays?
Dental x-rays are an integral part of your oral health and hygiene. A full set of x-rays should be taken every three years and only several x-rays are required at your bi-annual appointments. If you are dealing with a dental emergency or other dental procedure, additional x-rays are needed. These images help our doctors to see your teeth, gums and bone in a completely different way. This can help us diagnose and treat certain conditions.
Why do you need Dental X-Rays?
Dental x-rays are specifically taken to help our doctors diagnose certain oral-related conditions. They are necessary in looking for signs of decay, abscesses, bone loss and tooth impactions. You need to have dental x-rays taken at each of your preventative care appointments and a full series every three years. X-rays use a minimal amount of radiation and are completely safe.
How often are Dental X-Rays needed?
At each of your bi-annual dental appointments, several x-rays will be taken to check for changes in your oral health. If you have not had x-rays taken in several years, you will need to have a full set done when you come in. Dental x-rays may be necessary if you come in for a dental emergency and for certain procedures, like root canals and implants. X-rays are done quickly, easily and in a way that is comfortable for you.
What happens during the procedure for Dental X-Rays?
You will first come into the office and be seated comfortably. The assistant or hygienist will take x-rays necessary for your upcoming appointment. The x-rays are used to help diagnose certain issues and to help the doctor get a closer look at the overall condition of your oral health. If you ever need a copy of your x-rays, we are more than happy to provide these to you. X-rays are a necessary part of your preventative care routine. They can help the doctor find problems that would otherwise go unnoticed with a visual exam.
If you need to have dental x-rays taken, call our office today so that we can help with scheduling an appointment.