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X-rays

How often X-rays (radiographs) should be taken depends on the patient's individual health needs. It is important to recognize that just as each patient is different form the next, so should the scheduling of X-ray exams be individualized for each patient. Your dentist will review your history, examine your mouth and then decide whether you need radiographs and what type. If you are a new patient, the dentist may recommend radiographs to determine the present status of the hidden areas of your mouth and to help analyze changes that may occur later. If you have had recent radiographs at your previous dentist, your new dentist may ask you to have the radiographs forwarded.

How often X-rays (radiographs) should be taken depends on the patient's individual health needs. It is important to recognize that just as each patient is different form the next, so should the scheduling of X-ray exams be individualized for each patient. Your dentist will review your history, examine your mouth and then decide whether you need radiographs and what type. If you are a new patient, the dentist may recommend radiographs to determine the present status of the hidden areas of your mouth and to help analyze changes that may occur later. If you have had recent radiographs at your previous dentist, your new dentist may ask you to have the radiographs forwarded.

The schedule for needing radiographs at recall visits varies according to your age, risk for disease and signs and symptoms. Recent films may be needed to detect new cavities, or to determine the status of gum disease or for evaluation of growth and development. Children may need X-rays more often than adults. This is because their teeth and jaws are still developing and because their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults.

What are the benefits of a dental radiograph examination? Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when your dentist examines your mouth.

An X-ray examination may reveal: small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings); infections in the bone; periodontal (gum) disease; abscesses or cysts; developmental abnormalities; some types of tumors.

Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and unnecessary discomfort. It can detect damage to oral structures not visible during a regular exam. If you have a hidden tumor, radiographs may even help save your life.

What if I'm pregnant and need a dental radiograph examination? A radiograph may be needed for dental treatment or a dental emergency that can’t wait until after the baby is born. Untreated dental infections can pose a risk to the fetus, and dental treatment may be necessary to maintain the health of the mother and child. Radiation from dental X-rays is extremely low. However, every precaution is taken to minimize radiation exposure. A leaded apron minimizes exposure to the abdomen and should be used when any dental radiograph is taken. A leaded thyroid collar can protect the thyroid from radiation, and should be used whenever possible. The use of a leaded thyroid collar is strongly recommended for women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children. Dental radiographs are not contraindicated if one is trying to become pregnant or is breast feeding.”

X-rays are a critical part of your dental care. They are necessary for the doctor to provide a proper examination and may even save your life. While many dental plans do not provide coverage for every dental procedure, these plans do not claim to be dictating patient care. Their role is to simply provided a supplement to help offset the cost of dental care.

At Legacy Dental Group, x-rays are taken beginning as early as age two, but by the age of five. All patients five and older will receive one panoramic x-ray every three years; four bitewing x-rays every six months, and other x-rays as needed for dental emergencies and other treatments.

The schedule for needing radiographs at recall visits varies according to your age, risk for disease and signs and symptoms. Recent films may be needed to detect new cavities, or to determine the status of gum disease or for evaluation of growth and development. Children may need X-rays more often than adults. This is because their teeth and jaws are still developing and because their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults.

What are the benefits of a dental radiograph examination? Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when your dentist examines your mouth.

An X-ray examination may reveal: small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings); infections in the bone; periodontal (gum) disease; abscesses or cysts; developmental abnormalities; some types of tumors.

Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and unnecessary discomfort. It can detect damage to oral structures not visible during a regular exam. If you have a hidden tumor, radiographs may even help save your life.

What if I'm pregnant and need a dental radiograph examination? A radiograph may be needed for dental treatment or a dental emergency that can’t wait until after the baby is born. Untreated dental infections can pose a risk to the fetus, and dental treatment may be necessary to maintain the health of the mother and child. Radiation from dental X-rays is extremely low. However, every precaution is taken to minimize radiation exposure. A leaded apron minimizes exposure to the abdomen and should be used when any dental radiograph is taken. A leaded thyroid collar can protect the thyroid from radiation, and should be used whenever possible. The use of a leaded thyroid collar is strongly recommended for women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children. Dental radiographs are not contraindicated if one is trying to become pregnant or is breast feeding.”

X-rays are a critical part of your dental care. They are necessary for the doctor to provide a proper examination and may even save your life. While many dental plans do not provide coverage for every dental procedure, these plans do not claim to be dictating patient care. Their role is to simply provided a supplement to help offset the cost of dental care.

At Legacy Dental Group, x-rays are taken beginning as early as age two, but by the age of five. All patients five and older will receive one panoramic x-ray every three years; four bitewing x-rays every six months, and other x-rays as needed for dental emergencies and other treatments.

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