X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are both diagnostic and preventive, allowing us to diagnose hidden oral care issues.
In adults, X-rays reveal:
In children, X-rays show:
By utilizing newer digital X-ray technology, Mint Dental Works reduces our patient’s exposure to radiation up to 85% less than film-based radiography. In other words, this is less exposure than a few hours of sunshine.
You also benefit from the ability to to see digital x-ray images of the teeth almost immediately and at a very high resolution on our monitors. These high quality images make it easier to detect problems, monitor changes and are useful tools to show patients our findings.
The scheduling of X-ray examinations is individualized to each patient’s needs. We will review your history, examine your mouth and then decide if you need radiographs and, if so which type. For new patients, we take a panoramic X-ray and four bitewings determine the status of hidden areas of your mouth and to help us track changes over time. If you’ve had recent X-rays at your previous dental office, we will ask you to have them forwarded.
The frequency of X-rays is patient-specific and risk-based. Factors such as age, risk for disease, dental hygiene, dental decay, gum disease, how much dental work you’ve had in the past and the current condition of that work are all taken into account. Typically, however; we like to utilize updated bitewings at least every two years and a panoramic X-ray, which shows the patient’s entire mouth, at least every five years.
Innovative, high-tech dentistry at Mint Dental Works delivers patients more choices, convenience, and improved comfort.
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