What are Dental X-Rays?
Dental x-rays are crucial to your preventative care and in diagnosing and treating many dental conditions. They use a minimal amount of radiation so that they’re safe for most patients. X-rays are typically taken at most of your appointments as a way to monitor your dental health and understand underlying issues. We recommend having a full set of x-rays taken every few years.
Why are Dental X-Rays needed?
Dental x-rays are needed to help us identify and treat certain conditions. We often take x-rays at the majority of your appointments so that we can provide the comprehensive care that you deserve. Some things that x-rays check for include:
- Cavities and decay
- Problem restorations
- Dental implants
- Impacted teeth
- Bone loss
Who is a good candidate for Dental X-Rays?
Most of the patients coming into our office are good candidates for x-rays. The process is quick and easy, and the x-rays themselves use a minimal amount of radiation to produce an in-depth detailed image. You can expect to have x-rays taken at most of your dental appointments. You have the right to deny x-rays at any time, but keep in mind that they’re critical in helping to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
What happens when Dental X-Rays are being taken?
We will sit you comfortably in one of our dental rooms. A lead apron is draped over you to protect your body from any radiation. We place a tiny device in the mouth and angle the actual x-ray machine towards this device. The x-ray is then taken, and the device is moved to another area. This is repeated until all the x-rays needed have been taken. You will need x-rays at most appointments, and we’ll use these images to monitor changes and problems within the mouth. You will need a full set of x-rays taken every couple of years to help in monitoring any important changes.
If you think you might need dental x-rays, and want to know more about the process, call us today and we can get you in for a convenient appointment.