If you live in the East Bay and are ready for an annual dental exam, including x-rays, Pro Smile Dental can help. We wholeheartedly believe that dental x-rays are vital to maintaining good oral health. Our family dentist uses them to identify hidden problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and infections.
Modern dental imaging techniques are safe and effective and provide invaluable information to help you achieve a beautiful smile.
- Create a baseline for your oral health.
- Monitor the growth and development of your child’s teeth.
- Identify impacted teeth.
- Detect oral cancer.
- Identify cavities and other problems early on.
- Get a better understanding of your oral health.
- Monitor changes in your teeth and gums over time.
X-Rays Can Help You Achieve Better Oral Health
Dental x-rays are pictures of your teeth that your dentist takes with a particular machine. These pictures allow your dentist to see things they cannot see with their eyes, such as small cavities between your teeth or problems underneath your gums. Oral imaging is an essential part of preventive dental care. X-rays can save you time, money, and pain in the long run by catching problems early.
There Are Different Types Of Dental X-Rays
Digital imaging uses a sensor instead of film to capture pictures of your teeth. This modern method is faster and safer than conventional x-rays, producing far less radiation. In addition, the digital images can be stored on a computer, which makes them easier to transfer if you switch dentists, and they can be enhanced with special software, so your dentist can get a closer look at problem areas.
Traditional film x-rays are less common nowadays, but your dentist may use them in certain situations, such as if you have metal in your mouth (such as braces) that cannot be seen on a digital x-ray.
Bite Wing Vs. Panoramic Imaging
Most people need digital bitewing x-rays annually or more frequently if they have a history of tooth decay or periodontal disease. Bitewing imaging helps your dentist check for cavities between and under your teeth. Digital panoramic x-rays comprehensively view your entire mouth, including your teeth, jawbone, and surrounding structures. Dentists typically recommend panoramics once every two or three years.
Dental Imaging Is Safe & Effective
Modern dental x-rays are safe for both children and adults. The amount of radiation you receive is meager — about the same that you would receive from spending a day in the sun or traveling by plane. However, if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please let your dentist know so they can take extra precautions.
How Often Should I Have My Teeth X-Rayed?
The American Dental Association (ADA) has flexible guidelines concerning dental X-rays. According to their website” “The ADA encourages dentists and patients to discuss dental treatment recommendations, including the need for X-rays, to make informed decisions together.”
Generally, they do recommend that you get digital x-rays every two years unless your dentist advises otherwise. However, if you have a history of cavities or other dental problems, your dentist may recommend getting them more often, so they can closely monitor your oral health.
We Offer Dental X-Rays And Oral Care In Danville, CA & The East Bay
As you can see, regular X-rays are a vital tool for maintaining good oral health and catching problems early. So, if you are looking for a Danville dentist, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Pro Smile Dental Care. We can provide a complete set of dental x-rays as part of your bi-annual cleaning and exam appointment and answer any questions or concerns you might have. So, call today to schedule your appointment.