Preventative dentistry is an important part of maintaining oral health. Routine cleaning and checkups with an experienced dentist can go a long way in warding off tooth decay, gum disease and a wide range of other problems.
Dental x-rays are a vital part of those preventative measures. They allow dental health professionals to take a deeper look at your teeth to ensure that everything is in working order. X-rays also allow dentists to check for bone loss and spot cavities, tooth decay and impacted teeth.
At Pearl White Dentistry, we take our role in preventing oral health issues seriously. That’s why we recommend that people come in for at least two checkups and cleanings per year. We also suggest that people who are at risk of certain problems or have had recurring issues see us more frequently.
An x-ray is essentially a high-powered photograph that uses electromagnetic waves to create images of the inside of a person’s body.
Dental x-rays are performed in a number of different ways, from having a patient bite down on the x-ray film or sensor to using a machine that rotates around the outside of a person’s head. All of them are designed to get a clear image of your teeth.
These x-rays, like other types of medical imaging, are common and safe. They do, however, use a minimal amount of radiation in order to get an adequate image of the teeth. X-ray tools and techniques that dentists use to take the x-rays limit the amount of radiation to which patients are exposed. That may include using a leaden apron or thyroid collar to reduce exposure.
How often you need to sit for an x-ray depends largely on your own personal circumstances. That includes your age, health, dental history and risk signs for oral disease.
Children often require more frequent x-rays because their teeth and jaws are growing and may be more significantly affected by decay. New dental patients are also typically asked to sit for an x-ray so that your dentist can determine your current oral health situation and use the image for comparison purposes in future examinations.
A seasoned dentist can walk you through the reasons for the x-ray and explain the safety precautions that are part of the imaging process.
If you’re looking for a dentist in South Florida, Dr. Natalia Benda-Celenski and the team at Pearl White Dentistry can help. Whether you need a routine checkup and cleaning, are considering Invisalign to address crowded teeth or are thinking about cosmetic dentistry options, we will take the time to understand your situation and walk you through your options.
We work with a wide range of insurance plans and are happy to assist with patient financing. Contact us online or call us at (954) 491-8812 to schedule an appointment.