Dental X-Ray

The Importance of Dental X-Rays

When is the last time you had x-rays taken of your teeth, gums and mouth? X-rays safely and accurately show your dentist what is truly going on in areas unseen by the naked eye. For instance, dental x-rays can show the evidence of abscesses, bone loss, cysts, cancerous (or non-cancerous) tumors, decay, dental abnormalities, and other issues. Perhaps you have poor tooth and/or root positions that could use correction? Or you have problems inside a tooth or below the gum line… Dental x-rays are important because they can detect dental problems that require attention.

Things to Know About Dental X-Rays

Are you worried about x-rays? Don’t be. We are all exposed to natural radiation in our daily lives. Did you know that the amount of radiation from a full-mouth series of x-rays done at the dentist’s office is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources? Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation; they are considered safe and precautions are taken to limit your exposure.

If you are a new patient, a full mouth series of x-rays is recommended. Then, it’s every 3 to 5 years for full mouth x-rays to be taken. Meanwhile, bite-wing x-rays (of the top and bottom of your teeth biting together) are usually taken once or twice a year during your check-up appointments. This way your dentist can keep an eye on what’s going on in your mouth.

Is it time for your x-rays? The answer is, “Probably yes.” Make an appointment at Brockport Dental for x-rays by calling 585-636-0555.


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