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We 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 than ever before.
Why Are X-Rays Important?
X-rays allow our dentists to see cavities, tooth decay, tumors, and impacted teeth. They help us understand the full picture when it comes to your oral health and allow us to catch oral health issues that might otherwise go unseen.
Some patients may need x-rays more regularly than others. For example, children need more frequent x-rays than adults because their teeth are still growing and changing. It’s important for us to look at your child’s adult teeth as they grow to make sure they won’t cause crowding or other oral health issues.
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 must be removed, 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. However, the amount of radiation that occurs during ais so low that it has been deemed safe for children and adults alike.