It’s not extremely pleasant. You have to put on the heavy apron, hold a rigid piece of film in your mouth and sit really, really still while a dental assistant takes x-rays. Are x-rays at Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa really needed? Absolutely! No question about it.
We can’t see everything that is going on with your teeth, bone, and surrounding tissue without x-rays.
What Hidden Problems Do Dental X-rays Detect?
- Cavities underneath existing bridgework, crowns, or other restorations
- Abscesses, cysts, and infections
- Cavities between teeth just beneath where adjacent teeth touch (interproximal cavities)
- The position of wisdom teeth
How Often Should X-rays Be Taken?
This depends on the patient. Someone with no history of cavities, no existing 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: earlier dental caries, existing restorations, braces, weak 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.
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