What are benefits of a Dental x-rays?
Many of the diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot
be seen when your dentist examines your mouth. An x-ray may reveal:
* small areas of decay in the teeth and below existing restorations
* diseases of the bone
* abscesses or cysts
* signs of periodontal disease--gum disease
* some types of tumors
* evidence of trauma
How often should x-rays be taken?
This aspect of your dental treatment is scheduled on an individual
basis. Dental x-rays are prescribed for each patient after the
evaluation of the patients needs, including review of the patient's
health history, the patients dental history, completion of the dental
exam and other factors .
If you are a new patient the dentist may recommend a complete
mouth series of x-rays to determine the status of the hidden areas of
your mouth and help analyze changes that may occur later.
The schedule of x-rays on recall appointments varies with age,
risk of disease and signs and symptoms of disease. Children may need
x-rays more often than adults because their oral structures are growing
and changing and because of their risk of tooth decay. The dentist can
also chart progress in growth and development and see if permanent
teeth will erupt normally.