Many dental patients have excellent oral health, see their dentist twice a year for preventive visits, and continue to go years without any types of dental problems or tooth decay. After a while, some of these patients may ask, “why do I need to have x-rays taken?” In fact, some of those patients will go on to request that x-rays are not taken at all until they have some type of problem.
Taking dental x-rays on an annual basis is regarded to be a standard of care among dentists that are concerned with comprehensive patient care. By taking a full mouth series every few years, and a set of bitewing x-rays once each year, areas of concern can be identified when they are as small as possible. The radiographs also provide a baseline reading to judge anatomical changes such as alteration in bone height, or tumor formation.
Early diagnosis of decay or gum disease requires the use of x-rays, and allows dentists to keep treatment as minimally invasive as possible for their patients, protecting the healthy enamel still remaining in the tooth. In the end, this reduces the investment that the patient must make over the life of their smile. Unfortunately, simply waiting for symptoms to arise can allow decay to spread to multiple teeth, and even be deep enough to require more invasive treatments such as root canal therapy or even an extraction.
Your dentist has the best interest of your smile in mind. Annual x-rays can be one of the most important parts of your preventive oral care plan; don’t skip them!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry
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