What is a Dental X-Ray?
A dental x-ray is a radiographic image that helps our doctors see underneath tissue and through bone. They are used as a preventative and diagnostic tool that helps enhance your dental health. With the help of dental x-rays, we can look for signs of abscesses, decay, and impacted tooth development. The x-ray can also be used to check for signs of bone and tissue loss.
Why might you need Dental X-Rays?
Dental x-rays can be used for both corrective, as well as preventative treatment. At each of your bi-annual appointments, x-rays will be taken to check for changes and signs of decay. If you are experiencing an emergency, an x-ray may be taken to find the underlying problem. Certain procedures, like root canals and surgeries, may require additional x-rays to be taken.
What are the benefits of Dental X-Rays?
Dental x-rays use a very small amount of radiation, so they are completely safe for most patients. The benefits of having x-rays taken far outweigh any risks that might be involved. X-rays help our doctors to find intraoral problems that might go unnoticed or undetected with a typical oral exam. For surgical procedures, specialized x-ray scans can help with finding the location of nerve pathways and tissue.
What can you expect when having Dental X-Rays taken?
Our staff is fully trained and equipped to take many different types of x-rays. X-rays are done quickly, easily, and comfortably in our office. Most often, x-rays are taken prior to any work being done. They are a critical part of your preventative care, and are important to your overall dental health. We are happy to provide a copy of your x-rays if this is needed. A full set of x-rays should be taken every three years, along with routine imaging. You may need to have x-rays taken before more invasive procedures such as surgeries and root canals, but this will be discussed before your appointment.
If you need to have x-rays taken, contact our office and we will be more than happy to schedule an appointment for you.