Dental Tips Blog

Jan
31

How Often Should My Teeth be X-Rayed?

Posted in Digital X-Rays

Dental X-rays are needed during your routine exams. They allow your dentist can look for cavities between your teeth, underneath fillings and to check for bone loss around the teeth. Some x-rays can detect cysts, tumors, or other problems in your jawbone. Your dentist is unable to see those areas just by looking in your mouth.  Since these images are needed to check areas, how often should you have them taken?

Depending on your dental and medical history, the frequency of having x-rays taken, can vary.  Some people need to take dental x-rays every 6 months; especially they have a dental history of gum disease and frequent cavities.  Other people may only need to take dental x-rays taken every 2-3 years, since they see their dentist regularly, and have no recent history of gum disease or cavities.

In any case, most dentists will want to take dental x-rays on your first dental exam at their office.  They will use these initial x-rays to have as a baseline to compare future x-rays or exam findings to. Children and teenagers will have a different frequency from adults.  Younger patients need x-rays taken to check for cavities, since their teeth decay very quickly. It also allows your dentist to determine whether there is enough room for permanent teeth to come in, and to check the development or positioning of their wisdom teeth.

Have you been in to see your dentist recently?  If so, did you have dental x-rays taken? If it has been a while since you have had a dental checkup and a cleaning, call your dentist to schedule a checkup visit today!

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Oct
25

4 Reasons Why Dental X-Rays Are Essential

Posted in Digital X-Rays

Dental patients are sometimes bothered by the inconvenience or cost of dental x-rays. Why are x-rays needed every year? Are they really necessary? Considering these four reasons that x-rays are vital may help you to appreciate the way they benefit your health.

X-rays allow us to see in-between your teeth.

While your dentist will detect problems on the front or chewing surfaces of teeth, decay that has developed in-between teeth cannot be seen. X-rays reveal changes in the density of tooth structure. Some changes reveal a pattern indicative of decay.

X-rays can detect early signs of serious disease.

Some x-ray imaging captures a wider range around the teeth. Early signs of cancer can be detected in the occasional panoramic image.

X-rays enable us determine the most successful treatment we can recommend.

X-rays show your dentist how far he needs to drill to remove diseased tooth material while conserving the healthy material. X-rays tell an oral surgeon the safest way to remove impacted wisdom teeth. If you need an implant or periodontal treatment, x-rays reveal the amount and health of surrounding bone tissue.

X-rays help us monitor your mouth for abnormal changes.

Your mouth changes from year-to-year, or even more frequently. Taking dental x-rays on a regular basis help us to know what is normal for you as an individual, and what could be a sign of something serious.

X-ray technology is a safe and highly effective tool for dental diagnosis. Maintaining optimum dental health is crucial to your overall health. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions on the safety and necessity of dental x-rays.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Sep
10

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Skip Dental X-rays

Posted in Digital X-Rays

1.- If you are new to our practice, then we need a complete set of x-rays in order to get to know you.

There are many key details about your mouth that your dentist simply cannot know unless he has a recent set of x-rays. Your dentist wants to provide you with the most individualized care that he can possibly give. X-ray technology is a vital tool that gives your dentist a picture of your unique dental condition and needs.

2.- X-rays reveal spots of tooth decay in-between teeth.

Cavities that develop on the chewing surfaces of teeth can be detected in the course of a regular dental exam. However, the smooth surfaces between teeth that are touching cannot be viewed because your teeth are fixed in place. X-rays allow a see-through image to show what those in-between surfaces look like.

3.- Developmental changes are carefully monitored.

It is especially important for children’s teeth and jaws to be carefully monitored as they grow. Some conditions or injuries may require that specialized x-ray technology be used. For example, cephalometric and panoramic x-rays can show a more complete picture of the jaw, cheeks, and sinuses. These allowyour dentist to determine the need for procedures such as braces or wisdom teeth extraction. The sooner your dentist learns such information, the easier it will be for him to provide the most non-invasive corrective treatment possible.

4.- Your mouth changes constantly.

Because of changes in health, medication, diet, oral hygiene, or even residence, your mouth can experience significant changes within a few months. By regularly having dental x-rays taken, you will receive dental care that is best-suited to your needs.Talk to your dentist for more information about how dental x-rays benefit you.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Sep
25

Is Dental Radiology Necessary?

Posted in Digital X-Rays

Radiology can get a bad reputation these days with studies showing that prolonged exposure to radiation (X-rays) can have damaging effects. Many people are left asking the question, “Are my dental X-rays really necessary?”

This is a hot topic in the world of dentistry right now, and not all dentists have the same thoughts on the topic. While there are small amounts of radiation exposure each time a dental X-ray is done – whether it’s from bitewing X-rays or a panoramic X-ray – exposure is still exposure.

So is it necessary? Not in all cases, no. According to the American Dental Association, dentists should evaluate each patient specifically. Those who are at a higher risk for oral diseases should have dental X-rays taken more often than those who are not. This is especially true when it comes to children. The American Dental Association guidelines say that children who are not considered high risk for cavities and gum disease should get X-rays about every two years. And adults who are not at risk should get them every two to three years.

But this is not to say that dental radiology does not have benefits. Dentists use X-rays to find hidden problems that the eye cannot always catch. It is possible for tooth decay and other oral diseases to be missed during a routine dental exam. X-rays are able to look below the enamel and expose hidden problems, and Alexandria dentists rely on the results from X-rays to help them find areas of concern.

Talk with your dentist if you have reservations about receiving an X-ray at your next visit. Your health is the utmost concern of your dentist. If you are not at high risk, you may be OK to put off another X-ray for a year or two. However, if your dentist considers you to be at risk for oral health issues, an X-ray may be your most beneficial solution. Remember that it is minimal exposure to radiation during a dental X-ray, about the same amount of radiation you get in a normal day from the sun.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park

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Jan
14

Understanding The Use of Dental X-rays

Dentists and their teams understand the concern that all patients have in regard to having x-rays taken during their appointments. Whether it’s comfort of the actual x-ray process, or exposure to radiation, your dental professional can help answer your questions and concerns you have about the entire procedure.

Dental x-rays are used to diagnose, screen for, and monitor conditions around individual teeth as well as the head and neck. These conditions include:

  • Bone loss
  • Decay
  • Tooth formation
  • Failing dental restorations
  • Abscesses
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Periodontal disease
  • Impacted teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Fractures
  • Crowded teeth

…And many more

Typically x-rays are taken once per year to screen for early onset of dental decay between the teeth. Patients that have a previous high frequency of decay may need x-rays taken twice per year to catch decay at its earliest signs. This allows your dentist to treat the area while disease is smaller and less invasive. Avoiding x-rays prevents your dentist from being able to diagnose decay between the teeth as well as bone loss. Advanced bone destruction can result in the loss of teeth. Other x-rays are taken to view specific areas such as around the roots of individual teeth (for root canal treatment) or a broad overview of the entire mouth (for orthodontic evaluation or checking on wisdom tooth formation.)

Radiation from dental x-rays is extremely low and is less than received from the sun on a typical day spent at the beach. Digital x-rays use less radiation than traditional films, reducing the overall exposure for patients at each appointment.

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