Updated: Sep 24
X-rays help the dentist properly and completely diagnose any problems with your teeth, gums, bones, and other areas surrounding the mouth (TMJ, sinuses). They are taken by the hygienist at your cleaning or by the dental assistant, as requested by the dentist.
WHAT KIND OF X-RAYS ARE THERE?
Most common X-Rays :
Bitewings (BWXs): look at your back teeth and indicate any decays
Periapical (PAs): look at the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bones
Special X-Rays: Panoramic (Pano), CBCT, Occlusal, and other x-rays are used in special circumstances; these are not taken during routine cleaning.
HOW OFTEN DO WE NEED X-RAYS?
Click here to read The American Dental Association recommendations about how often we need to have x-rays taken.
RADIATION RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH X-RAYS
The radiation amount is very low with no major impact on overall health.
A single x-ray produces as low as the amount absorbed during a 15 min walk in a park.
COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH X-RAYS
The cost associated with the x-rays is significant especially for people with no dental insurance. In the long run, you will save more simply by receiving a diagnosis that consists of small problems that can be treated with minimal costs.
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