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General Dentistry: Why Do I Need Have X-rays Done?
In general dentistry, dental X-rays are an essential part of oral health. The fact is that there are only so many things dentists can see through an oral examination, and taking a closer look at the underlying supporting structures of teeth tell a story about one’s oral health that is valuable to the general dentist when treating patients.
The importance of dental X-rays
Many are hesitant to receive a dental X-ray. By learning more about the issues that a dental X-ray can detect, the benefits of dental X-rays and how often one is needed, you can better understand why they are important.
What can a dental X-ray detect?
Dental X-rays, also referred to as radiographs, are images of the interior of the teeth and gums. They provide a more in-depth look at the state of the patient’s teeth and can detect a variety of oral health issues that are hard to see via an oral examination. These issues include but are not limited to:
- Tooth decay
- Bone loss
- Impacted teeth
- Dead nerves
- Oral cancer
They are often required before a procedure such as teeth straightening. Most importantly, they can detect early signs of issues to ensure that any problems do not worsen.
The benefits of dental X-rays
Dental X-rays play a vital role in detecting signs of an oral health complication as early as possible to ensure that the issue is properly treated. In some instances, they can detect signs of oral cancer, which allows the patient to properly prepare for treatment before the cancer spreads. In less severe cases, dental X-rays may detect the earliest signs of gum disease and allow the patient to take the necessary steps to prevent it from worsening.
How often do I need a dental X-ray?
General dentistry practices typically order a dental X-ray on the first visit with a new patient. This allows them to get a better idea of the patient's oral health before they recommend or begin any treatment. Afterward, a dental X-ray is not necessary for every visit. While general dentists may have their own idea of how often a dental X-ray is needed, most suggest that patients receive a new one annually. This way, they are not performing too many dental X-rays, but it still allows them to get updated versions of the patient’s oral health to ensure that there are no new concerning developments.
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