Did you know that x-rays are just as important as regular dental cleanings? They use low levels of radiation to capture images of your teeth and gums. X-rays are necessary for determining common issues like cavities, tooth decay, or impacted wisdom teeth.
They’re typically performed once a year, but certain factors can require you to need them more frequently. For example, those with any symptoms of oral disease or who have a history of gum disease will need dental x-rays more often. New patients will also need x-rays during their first visit.
Several kinds of dental x-rays can be used to get slightly different views of your mouth. Below are the common types you may expect to receive when you come into our office.
Fortunately, you don’t need any special preparation before your dental x-rays. Pregnant women should avoid all types of x-rays. You will have a lead vest across your chest, abdomen, and pelvic region to protect your vital organs. Depending on the type of x-rays you’re getting, you will either be in the same room as your cleanings and other procedures, or you’ll move to a separate room.
If you’re looking for a friendly dental practice to take your yearly x-rays, you’ve come to the right place. At Burlington Dental Health, we’re dedicated to providing the best service to our patients. Call us today if you have any questions!