Dr Joshua, your Naperville dentist uses dental x-rays to evaluate your dental health. Unfortunately, a visual exam of the teeth and gums cannot tell the whole story. With the use of dental x-rays, she can see changes inside your tooth, cracks in your teeth, pathology in your bone or gums and evidence of periodontal disease.
There are a variety of reasons for dental x-rays:
- To complete a thorough diagnosis
- To see under the gums and soft tissues in the mouth
- To detect cavities & dental disease at the earliest stages
- To see between the teeth & under existing fillings
- To detect bone loss associated with periodontal disease
- To see teeth that are partially or completely submerged below the gums
- To ensure teeth are developing & erupting properly
Wondering how often you need dental x-rays?
The need for dental x-rays depends on your medical and dental history and current condition of your mouth. As a new patient, it is necessary that the dentist have a complete set of dental x-rays to establish a baseline to chart changes in your dental health. At minimum, we recommend bitewing x-rays every year and a full mouth set of x-rays or panorex every three years. Individual x-rays are taken if the patient has a dental emergency, needs a tooth removed, needs a root canal, crown or a bridge or has an abscess.
Digital X-rays are safe!
Dr Joshua uses digital x-rays that use the smallest amount of x-radiation possible. A full mouth series of x-rays or a panorex x-ray delivers less radiation than spending a day in the sun.
If you have questions, please ask the doctor. She will be happy to help.