Dental X-rays at 81st Street Dental
At 81st Street Dental, we offer dental X-rays as an essential part of our comprehensive dental care. Dental radiographs, also known as X-rays, are crucial preventative and diagnostic tools that provide valuable insights not visible during a regular dental examination. Our experienced dentists and dental hygienists utilize this information to safely and accurately identify hidden dental abnormalities, allowing for the development of precise treatment plans. Without X-rays, potential problem areas may remain undetected.
Dental X-rays have the capability to reveal various conditions, including abscesses or cysts, bone loss, cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, decay between the teeth, developmental abnormalities, poor tooth, and root positions, as well as problems occurring inside a tooth or below the gum line. By detecting and addressing dental issues at an early stage, we can help you save time, money, avoid unnecessary discomfort, and preserve the health of your teeth.
Our commitment to utilizing dental X-rays as part of our diagnostic process underscores our dedication to providing comprehensive and effective dental care. We prioritize your oral health and understand that early detection is crucial for successful treatment outcomes.
Are Dental X-Rays Safe?
The safety of dental X-rays is a priority at 81st Street Dental. It’s important to note that we are all exposed to natural radiation in our everyday environment. The radiation exposure from a full mouth series of dental X-rays is equivalent to the amount of radiation an individual naturally receives in a single day from various natural sources.
Dental X-rays are designed to emit a low level of radiation, and they are considered safe for patients. Our dentists take necessary precautions to minimize radiation exposure during the X-ray process. These precautions include utilizing lead apron shields to protect the body from unnecessary exposure and employing modern, fast film technologies that reduce the duration of each X-ray exposure.
By adhering to these safety measures, we ensure that the benefits of dental X-rays in diagnosing and treating oral conditions outweigh any potential risks. Your well-being and safety are our utmost concerns, and we strive to provide you with the highest standard of care while prioritizing your health and comfort.
How Often Should Dental X-rays Be Taken?
The frequency of dental X-rays varies according to the specific dental health needs of each patient. Our team at 81st Street Dental will determine the necessary X-rays based on a comprehensive assessment of your medical and dental history, dental examination findings, signs and symptoms, age, and disease risk factors.
For new patients, a full mouth series of dental X-rays is generally recommended. This comprehensive series is typically valid for a period of three to five years. Bite-wing X-rays, which capture the upper and lower teeth biting together, are typically taken during recall visits (check-ups) and are recommended once or twice a year. These X-rays are useful in detecting new dental problems that may have arisen since the last examination.
By tailoring the frequency of X-rays to your specific needs, we aim to provide accurate diagnoses and ensure the timely detection of any dental issues. Our goal is to safeguard your oral health and well-being while minimizing unnecessary radiation exposure. During your dental visits, Dr. Beller will carefully assess and determine the appropriate timing for X-rays based on your individual circumstances.