Schedule Your Next Dental X-Ray at Reiser Dental
Are you due for a dental x-ray? Many people prefer to put off this necessary diagnostic measure. However, x-rays are crucially important to the continued health of your teeth. Whether you’ve had an x-ray recently or you haven’t had one in years, it might be time to ask about your next one. At Reiser Dental, we’re always happy to use advanced imaging techniques to look for underlying problems with your oral health. We’ve provided patients with wisdom teeth x-rays, along with a variety of images to get a full picture of your dental condition.
Why Are Dental X-Rays Important?
Why do dentists far and wide stress the importance of digital dental x-rays? The information we glean from these images is crucial for several different reasons, but none more so than the ability to detect potentially harmful conditions. Many oral health problems aren’t obvious to the dentist or the patient without some extra investigation. Dental x-rays can show the early signs of gum disease, as well as emerging tooth infections and decay. In addition to these common issues, teeth x-rays can reveal severe problems, including cancerous tumors. Your dentist will be able to recognize abnormal development, bone loss, and more before the issue becomes dangerous to your health. We understand coming in for x-rays can be a hassle, but the benefits clearly outweigh the cost of time spent at Reiser Dental.
How Often Should I Get a Dental X-Ray?
Because dental x-rays are an integral diagnostic tool, it’s essential to not forgo them. At Reiser Dental, we’ll evaluate your oral condition and make recommendations for x-rays from there. How often we’ll need to take new images depends on a variety of factors. Your age, current health status, and dental history are some. In general, you can expect to have x-rays taken according to these guidelines:
- New patients almost always require full-mouth x-rays
- Healthy adults need dental x-rays once every six months to three years
- Children need x-rays once or twice a year
- Those at risk for tooth decay or other health complications may require more frequent x-rays
Understanding the Types of Dental X-Rays
When we talk about dental x-rays, we’re referring to a broad category of tools we use to evaluate your oral health. Some x-rays might focus on the health of the teeth themselves, and others might look at the jawbone and skull as a hole. Most commonly, you’ll receive intraoral x-rays, which take a closer look at the condition of your teeth. Even within intraoral x-rays, there are several different varieties of imaging. Some we might use at Reiser Dental include:
- Periapical: This digital dental x-ray gives us an image of the whole tooth, including the entire root. We might use these images to look for deep-set problems with the bone and root.
- Panoramic: These full-mouth x-rays allow us to evaluate the condition of your upper teeth, lower teeth, and jaws.
- Bite-wing: Bite-wing x-rays give us a comprehensive view of each tooth. We can see everything from the crown to the underlying bone and check for early signs of periodontal disease.
Should I Be Concerned About Safety?
Many of our patients ask us about the safety of dental x-rays. Some are concerned about the radiation emitting from our equipment. At Reiser Dental, we want to assure you we have your safety in mind at all times. This equipment gives off very little radiation, and an x-ray doesn’t expose you to any more radiation than you’d undergo on an average day. We take all the necessary precautions when it comes to x-rays. Be sure to let us know if you might be pregnant, so we can take additional precautions.
Due for an X-Ray? Get in Touch!
No matter your current oral health, it’s crucial to understand the importance of dental x-rays. Even if you haven’t felt a toothache or experienced dental problems, these x-rays can find signs of underlying conditions early. The earlier we recognize such issues, the quicker we can treat your condition, with less time and money spent on your part.