Tempted to pass on your routine x-rays at every dental visit?
You aren’t too keen on the idea of being exposed to extra radiation. But getting at least a few x-ray images of your teeth at your dentist’s recommendation is essential to a healthy mouth.
Dentists are blind without x-rays – You’d never get a 100% accurate diagnosis or treatment plan if your dentist had to do so without x-rays. These images are the only way to look into teeth and bone without physically opening them up.
X-rays detect problems early on – When do you want to be diagnosed with a cavity: when your tooth has a painful raging abscess in need of a root canal? Or when the decay is a tiny spot in need of a little filling?
Your next dental procedure will be safer thanks to x-rays – You can’t dig a well without first checking to make sure there’s water . . . and no electrical lines. Similarly, a dentist can’t safely drill without knowing what’s going on underneath tooth enamel.
X-rays are the best way to track development – No one can know whether adult teeth are present or where they are until they show up. But at that point, it could be too late. X-rays are vital in getting to know how a child’s smile is developing and help dentists decide when to intervene to stop a problem.
If you’re concerned about how often x-rays are taken, discuss it with your dentist. Some people are at high risk for things like decay, bone loss, or cancer. They may need more frequent x-rays to check for signs of a problem.
Schedule your next dental check-up soon, whether or not it includes x-rays!
Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
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