If you are interested in saving money and staying healthy, getting dental X-rays should be a priority. Through dental X-rays, dentists can treat dental problems early on before they cause serious, complicated issues.
Through dental X-rays, your dentist can see these types of issues:
- decay between teeth or in existing fillings
- bone loss
- infections in your bone
- abscesses or cysts in your gums
- if children’s teeth are coming in properly
- wisdom teeth development and if they are impacted
There are a few factors your dentist considers when determining how often you need dental X-rays. If you have good oral health and visit your dentist regularly, you may only need them every few years. If you are a new patient, the dentist will likely take X-rays to compare any changes that might occur.
Usually children need more X-rays than adults since their teeth and jaws are still growing and their teeth are more prone to decay. If you have had extensive restorative work, drink or eat a lot of sugary beverages or food, have gum disease or dry mouth, you will need to get dental X-rays more often to effectively manage your oral health.
Some may be concerned about exposure to radiation in dental X-rays, but dentistry advances have greatly minimized the amount of radiation used. If you are concerned about X-rays, your dentist will be happy to speak with you more about it.
If you are in need of a dental check-up, contact the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today to set-up your appointment.