What you need to know about Digital X-Rays
What teeth x-rays may reveal
Dentists and dental hygienists use digital teeth x-rays to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities such as:
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
- Decay between the teeth
- Abscesses or cysts
- Bone loss
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
- Developmental abnormalities
- Poor tooth and root positions
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
How often should I get a teeth x-ray?
The frequency of how often teeth x-rays must be taken changes with age. In children and adolescents, x-rays should be taken every 6- to 12-months. For adults, the dentist may request teeth x-rays be performed every 12- to 18-months.
Under certain conditions, you may be required to have teeth x-rays on a more frequent basis. For example, if you’ve had previous extensive restorative dental work, have a history of bone loss, dry mouth, or are a smoker, additional teeth x-rays may be necessary. X-rays should be performed every 12 months.
Are digital x-rays safe?
Teeth x-rays have become safer to undergo over the years, due to digital technology which requires less energy and radiation to achieve higher quality imaging than traditional film x-rays. If you are concerned about the safety of x-rays and the frequency at which you receive them, speak to your dental team. Your dentist can help to relieve any fears you may have and can explain why they are needed.
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