Part of your oral examination may include dental X-rays. Our Shelby Township, MI, dentists recommend periodic X-rays to help us see exactly what’s going on in your mouth, even in places that the naked eye can’t see. X-rays have been used in dentistry for decades, but improvements in technology have made today’s X-rays more helpful (and safer) than ever before.
Keep reading to learn more about how dentalplay a role in your oral health.
Importance of X-rays at the Dentist
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Some patients may need X-rays more regularly than others. For example, children’s smiles need closer monitoring because their teeth are still growing and changing. It’s important for us to look at your child’s permanent teeth as they grow to make sure they won’t cause crowding or other complications.
We also use X-rays to monitor the progress of wisdom teeth for patients of all ages. Sometimes we can see from an early age that wisdom teeth should come out, but other times patients can be well into adulthood before they experience problems with their wisdom teeth.
If you’re a new patient, you can have your previous dental office send over any X-rays they may have taken for you over the years. However, we might still ask to X-ray you at your first appointment to ensure that we have the most up-to-date records of your dental care.
Some patients might be concerned about the radiation that X-rays may expose them to but the amount that occurs during a dental X-ray is so low that it has been deemed safe for children and adults alike.