Let’s Get Some Dental X-Rays!

Teeth having x-rayYour dentist may take dental x-rays if your are a new patient, have not been seen in a while, or are in for a follow-up visit after dental treatment. Below are the most common type of x-rays that would be taken and the reasons why:

Bitewing x-rays help dentists look at bone levels between teeth, cavities between teeth, and the health of the bone between teeth.

Periapical x-rays help dentists look at the root tips of teeth, the bone around teeth, abscesses, and other pathology.

Complete Series is a combination of bitewing and periapical radiographs that shows all the teeth, roots and related areas of the jaws.

Panoramic x-rays help visualize wisdom teeth, TMJ’s, major pathology in the jaws and sinuses, and help see areas of missing teeth.

CT scans allow for 3D visualization of teeth, 3D bone evaluation, airway evaluation, treatment planning dental implant sites or orthodontics, and pathology.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?
Yes, dental x-rays are safe. We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment, and the amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.

Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Necessary precautions are taken to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays by using a lead apron shield to protect the body and thyroid.

How Often Do I Need X-Rays?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. We will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays are taken at recall visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

Give our office a call at 203-692-4405. We look forward to speaking with you.

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