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Dental X-rays: Are They Actually Required Every Year?

Posted on 5/22/2023 by Nancy Shiba DDS
Dental X-rays: Are They Actually Required Every Year?Dental X-rays are now crucial since they allow consumers to refresh their imaging after a set time. It is simple to tell from the X-ray whether your teeth are developing normally or if there is some misalignment.

This enables you to seek dental care as soon as possible before the issue worsens. The only issue left to be addressed is how frequently one should get dental X-rays now that most people widely understand the value of X-rays.

How Frequent Should You Take Dental X-Rays?

Dentists always advise patients to get X-rays to identify places with decay and cavities rapidly. They can conduct any surgery on you more effectively if they are aware of the position of your teeth. The average person gets an X-ray once a year, but certain circumstances may necessitate more regular dental X-rays. For example, if your dentist wants to understand a specific issue or get some history about your teeth and gum problems.

In other cases, the frequency of taking X-rays varies between different individuals. While some may take three years, others may go after every six months. This usually depends on the severity of the dental condition a person may be experiencing.

How is an X-ray Procedure Performed?

A Dental X-ray procedure is always performed with a plastic apparatus, which you will be asked to bite. However first, your dentist will cover your body with a lead apron to protect you from radiation. It will only take a few minutes for your dentist to complete taking the necessary photos for your dental formula. The image will be used to determine your cavities and misalignment.

For a dental X-ray to reveal more about your teeth, visit our office. We'll also recommend how long to wait until your subsequent X-ray is based on the state of your teeth.

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