Dental x-rays are vital preventative, diagnostic tools that provide invaluable information that would otherwise not be available.
Without x-rays many problems could go unnoticed. Dental hygienists and dentists use the information yielded by x-rays to accurately detect any hidden dental abnormalities and help craft and execute a comprehensive treatment plan.
Dentists X-Rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information that would otherwise not be visible. Dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
X-rays may reveal
- Poor tooth and root positions
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
- Abscesses or cysts
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
- Bone loss
- Developmental abnormalities.
Treating the dental problems that x-rays can detect can save you time, pain and, of course, your teeth.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients and a full series is usually sufficient for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at check up visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect any potential new dental problems.
Electronic Dental Records
Transferring records from your old dental office: If you have had a dental x-ray in the last year, it is recommended that you call the office it was taken at to have it transferred to us before your first appointment here.
Even if you do not have insurance but have had an x-ray recently, we would still need it to be able to diagnose anything. Transferring x-rays is a very simple process but due to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), dentists offices require you to sign a release form for any records.