Why Are Dental X-Rays Necessary?

Being proactive with your dental care can save money and limit damage to your teeth. The importance of x-rays in dental treatment cannot be overstated. Dental x-rays should be part of your routine dental visits. At Vassey Dental Partners, our team performs x-rays when patients come in for professional cleanings. Since patients have many questions about x-rays, we have compiled a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions about dental x-rays.

How Often Should I Get Dental X-Rays?

This answer varies based upon the patient. Patients without any evidence of decay or gum disease may be able to get them every two to three years. Others may need them every year or more often if problems have been identified. Different types of dental x-rays may also have different time guidelines. For example, a panoramic x-ray usually is completed every three to five years to give your dentist a clear overall view of your mouth. Bitewing x-rays capture smaller sections of teeth and are usually done more frequently than the panoramic. Your dentist at Vassey Dental Partners can advise you on the recommended timeline for your dental x-rays.

How Safe are Dental X-Rays?

If you are worried about the risks of dental x-rays, find comfort that they are considered very safe. Although dental x-rays can involve radiation, the exposure level is so low that they are considered safe for adults and children. Out of an abundance of caution, we use a lead apron on top of each patient. The radiation exposure from dental x-rays is not linked to an increased chance of cancer. Many harmful dental issues can go undetected without proper dental x-rays, so your health risks are more concerning by not having the x-rays.

How Much Do Dental X-Rays Cost?

The cost of your dental x-rays depends upon which x-rays were taken. We price each x-ray individually, so we can provide an accurate estimate before your x-rays are completed. Preventative Dentistry is more affordable than Restorative Dentistry. X-rays will save you money because issues can be identified before they can develop further.

What Are the Benefits of X-Rays?

Although many dental issues are noticed through an oral evaluation by your dentist, x-rays provide a more in-depth look at your teeth and the extent of the damage. Your dentist may identify a cavity from seeing a dark shadow or feeling a soft spot with a dental tool, but the x-ray will show how compromised the tooth is on the inside. The course of treatment often varies based upon the depth of the damage. X-rays give your dentist the clarity needed to make the best recommendations for your oral health. Beyond assessing damage, x-rays track the ongoing health and alignment of your smile. If your teeth have shifted between visits, the x-rays provide a helpful comparison.

If your smile is overdue for dental x-rays, schedule your visit to Vassey Dental Partners.