Patients commonly ask us why we need to take dental x-rays. The answer is that even the most comprehensive visual exam doesn’t give our dentists the complete picture. Much of what can go wrong with your oral health starts inside teeth or under the gums that we can’t see without a dental x-ray.
Dental x-rays provide a detailed picture of your oral so we can accurately diagnose or monitor a condition. They also become part of your dental history and are always available to view in the future.
How Often Do I Need Dental X-Rays?
How often we need updated x-rays depends on your dental condition, but the general guidelines from the American Dental Association are as follows:
Bitewing x-rays—These images capture your upper and lower back (posterior) teeth in two x-rays, one for each side. Each patient is different, but we typically recommend four bitewings every six to 12 months.
Full mouth x-rays—If you have no history of cavities or gum disease, we recommend full mouth x-rays every 2–3 years. For patients prone to these conditions, our dentist may recommend them once or twice a year.
Diagnostic x-rays—If you experience a toothache, we need to take an x-ray to see inside and between your teeth. We can’t treat what we can’t see, and a dental x-ray helps our dentist diagnose the problem and plan treatment accordingly.
Your Safety Is Our Priority
At Lakewood Dental Trails, your safety is our priority. Our digital imaging technology minimizes your radiation exposure by as much as 90 percent compared to film x-rays.
We provide maximum protection by using a shielded apron that x-rays can’t penetrate and limiting x-rays for pregnant women and very young children.
If you have other questions about x-rays or how we keep you safe at our Lakewood, TX dental office, please call us at (254) 206-3200.