It’s not extremely comfortable. You have to put on the heavy apron, hold a stiff piece of film in your mouth and sit really, really still while your dentist’s assistant takes x-rays. But is it really necessary? Absolutely! There is no question about it that x-rays are extremely valuable for advanced dentistry in Parkton.
Your dentist can’t see everything that is going on with your teeth, bone, and surrounding tissue without the help of x-rays. You should be happy that your dentist has invested in techniques to improve their dental practice and your experience.
What Hidden Problems Do Dental X-rays Detect?
X-rays and advanced dentistry in Parkton are extremely helpful in detecting issues that can’t be seen through a normal examination. There are several hidden problems that they can detect, such as:
- Cavities below existing bridgework, crowns, or other restorations
- Abscesses, cysts, and infections
- Cavities between teeth just beneath where adjacent teeth touch (interproximal cavities)
- The position of wisdom teeth
If you haven’t had an x-ray in a few years, it’s time you come in and see the benefits for yourself. We promise you won’t regret it.
How Often Should X-rays Be Taken?
This depends on the dental patient. A patient with no history of dental cavities, no present tooth decay, no braces, and no existing crowns, veneers, or bridgework is at low risk for cavities. A high-risk patient is in the opposite situation and may have earlier cavities, existing restorations, braces, eroded enamel, chipped or cracked teeth. In addition, patients with an eating disorder or other medical condition may be considered high risk. People who haven’t had their wisdom teeth taken out also need to be followed with x-rays more frequently. Are you interested in what advanced dentistry in Parkton can do for you? Then give us a call!