Be Glad Doctor Flax Has X-Ray Vision
- Posted on: Jan 26 2018
It’s not extremely pleasant. You have to put on the heavy apron, hold an awkward piece of film in your mouth and sit really, really still while your dentist’s assistant takes x-rays. Is it really needed? Absolutely! No question about it.
Your dentist can’t see everything that is going on with your teeth, bone, and surrounding tissue without x-rays.
- Cavities below existing bridgework, crowns, or other restorations
- Abscesses, cysts, and infections
- Cavities between teeth just underneath where adjacent teeth touch (interproximal cavities)
- The position of wisdom teeth
How Often Should X-rays Be Taken?
This depends on the patient. A patient with no history of dental caries, no present tooth decay, no braces, and no existing crowns, veneers, or bridgework is at low risk for cavities. A high-risk patient is in the opposite situation and may have one or more of the following: previous dental caries, existing restorations, braces, worn-away enamel, chipped or cracked teeth. In addition, patients with an eating disorder or other medical condition may be considered high risk. People who haven’t had their wisdom teeth extracted also need to be monitored with x-rays more frequently.
If you are a patient of Flax Dental, Doctor Flax will guide you on the frequency of x-rays when your treatment plan is discussed. If you are not a current patient and are searching for an experienced, friendly dentist in the Atlanta area, we invite you to contact us at 404-255-9080 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting you.
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Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry