At Perspective Dentistry, we recommend having regular dental x-rays done in order to look below the surface to identify issues and signs of decay. Dental x-rays are an important diagnostic tool that is needed for many different reasons. They are also crucial for your overall preventative care, as they help Dr. Smitherman spot problems before they are allowed to get worse. There are many different types of x-rays that may be performed in-office, so never be afraid to ask about which type if being done for you.
What Do Dental X-Rays Look For?
Dental x-rays are an important diagnostic tool that looks for a wide range of different oral-related issues that may go unnoticed with a routine exam. Some of the things that a dental x-ray can look for include:
- Signs of decay
- Decay underneath crowns and bridge work
- Impacted teeth
- Cracks and fractures
If you come into the office for an emergency, a dental x-ray will be taken to find out what is causing you pain or discomfort. However, x-rays will also be taken at most of your preventative care appointments in order to spot problems underneath the surface that would go unnoticed otherwise.
How Often Will X-Rays Be Needed?
It is recommended that you have a full series of x-rays taken every three years. This includes an x-ray image of virtually every tooth in the mouth. Next, you will have smaller x-rays taken at your bi-annual appointments to check for changes that might have occurred between your cleanings and exams. If you make an appointment for an emergency, we will also need to take an x-ray to identify the problem. X-rays may also be needed before or even during certain procedures, such as surgeries, root canals and implants. At Perspective Dentistry, we are able to perform the x-rays in a comfortable, relaxed manner so that you can feel confident knowing that you are benefiting from diagnostic care that is truly helping to improve your overall oral health and well-being each year.
If you are in need of dental x-rays, contact us today!