Dental x-rays are instrumental in detecting early signs of tooth decay and can expose other underlying problems with your teeth. Conditions such as tooth decay may not always be visible to your dentist. Decay and infections can develop under your tooth enamel, fillings and in the roots of your teeth.
Taking dental x-rays allows your dentist to see any activity occurring in these areas, catching problems at an early stage and preventing conditions from developing.
Another result of dental x-rays is that they illustrate how and where your teeth are growing if they are impacted or crowded. If you are experiencing difficulties with growing wisdom teeth, they can shed some light on this too.
How Do I Know When to Book a Dental X-Ray?
If you’re a new patient at our Manchester dentistry, one of your first appointments will be a dental check-up. If so, a dental x-ray will be routinely taken during this appointment.
However, if you are unsure about when you last had the general condition of your teeth assessed, your dentist will provide advice on this and recommend dental x-rays if necessary.
Generally, your dentist will recommend dental x-rays every six months to two years. This entirely depends on your individual dental health, level of tooth decay risk and other factors.
Other Dental X-Ray Information
Copies of your x-rays will be added to your health records. When you move and change dentist, any routine dental x-rays will be discarded. Those that detail important information will be transferred to your new practice, along with your records.
When undergoing dental x-rays, you will be exposed to radiation. However, the amount is so small that the risk to your health is minimal.
If you are pregnant at the time of your dental treatment, you should always inform your dentist. He can then assess the risk level and decide whether an x-rays is necessary at that time.