Why Do I Need Dental X-Rays?

 In General Dentistry, Preventative Dentistry

Here at Wurzbach Parkway Family Dentistry, we believe in the power of preventative care. Our dentists recommend regular cleanings, healthy at-home oral hygiene habits and regular dental x-rays.

Many of our patients ponder the same question:

What are the importance of dental x-rays?

Dental x-rays are extremely important for maintaining the health of your teeth, jaw and overall health. They allow your San Antonio family dentists to see what’s going on beneath the surface to make sure there are no serious issues present. Dental x-rays are a very standard, safe procedure necessary to maintain good dental health.

Dental X-Rays Can Help Diagnose A Problem

Dental x-rays help dentists perform a thorough examination of your teeth in order to diagnose any problems. They allow your dentist to see the parts of your mouth and teeth that cannot be observed during a physical examination. Primarily, dental x-rays help check for cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. However, they can also spot more problematic abnormalities such as cysts and tumors. In the case of oral cancer, they can literally save your life. X-rays also help dentists check on tooth development and to see if any erupting wisdom teeth will be a problem.

 

 

Insurance Typically Covers Them

If you have dental insurance, x-rays are usually covered along with routine cleanings. Dental x-rays are typically taken only once a year in a series, although the individual needs of a patient will differ and it may be recommended that you come in more often. X-rays are also often taken before and after any significant dental or oral procedure to  have a clear picture of the problem and to help monitor recovery.

Different Types of Dental X-Rays

There are several different types of dental x-rays. Bitewing x-rays are the most common. Periapical x-rays are often are taken if dentists wish to look closer at the tips of your roots or the height of the bone. There are also panoramic x-rays, which rotate around your head and take a 3D image of the inside of your mouth. This type of x-ray allows your dentist to see problems that might not have shown up on other types of x-rays. Wurzbach Parkway Family Dentistry is proud to offer cutting edge services, including 3D x-rays.

 

 

Safe Dental X-Rays

Some patients may be concerned about their safety during x-rays because of the usage of radiation. Not only are precautions taken, such as placing a mat over your body before the x-rays are taken, but the patient’s exposure is negligible. Dental x-rays are a safe, simple and comfortable way to ensure proper dental health.

When was the last time you had dental x-rays done? If it has been over a year, it might be time to schedule an appointment. Our expert group of San Antonio family dentists will be happy to explain which dental x-ray options best fit your needs.

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