Dental x-rays, sometimes referred to as radiographs, are important diagnostic tools that help us see underlying bone and tooth structure. We recommend X-rays once a year and a complete set is required every couple of years. You may need x-rays at emergency appointments, while having a root canal done or for other complicated procedures like oral surgery. The digital x-rays we use in-office utilize a minimal amount of radiation so they are completely safe.
Dental x-rays should be taken at your dental appointments. Even if there is not a profound problem, these images allow us to see issues that may become larger if they go untreated. Likewise, we may recommend x-rays before surgery or other complicated procedures. Emergency appointments almost always require x-rays because we need to identify the underlying problem that is causing you pain or discomfort.
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X-rays can be safely taken on patients of all ages because of the low amount of radiation used. However, before having x-rays taken, we will go over your health and medical history with you. You will have a lead apron draped over your body to protect you from any radiation during the procedure. The benefits of having x-rays taken regularly are apparent in keeping your smile healthy and bright.
You will be greeted by one of our friendly staff members and seated comfortably in our office. We will begin by positioning a small device inside of the mouth and a larger machine is angled towards this device. The x-ray is taken and the image will develop immediately on our computer screens. Once the x-rays have been taken, our doctor will examine them to check for any problems. Your x-rays will be compared at future appointments so that we can diagnose and monitor certain conditions.
If you are ready to come into our office for dental x-rays, call us today and we will schedule a convenient appointment for you and your loved ones.