Are you tempted to skip routine x-rays based on being cavity-free for years? Have you been told that dental x-rays are harmful and should be avoided if at all possible? The reality is that dental x-rays are an important diagnostic tool that not only detect decay, but can reveal a whole host of other concerns.
Detecting Dental Abnormalities
Dental x-rays are used to diagnose and detect many different dental concerns ranging from:
*Abnormal Tooth Position
*Cysts and Tumors
*Supernumerary Teeth (extra teeth)
*Congenitally Missing Teeth
Thinking that dental x-rays are only used to diagnose decay and issues within a tooth may lead patients to decline this procedure based on a history of having little or no dental decay. But refusing dental x-rays on an ongoing basis can prevent serious concerns being revealed. Cancerous and non-cancerous growths can do extensive damage to jaw bones, roots of teeth and oral tissues – often easily viewed on an x-ray, abnormal growths can be biopsied and removed when required. Without the use of an x-ray serious issues can go undiagnosed; only to be revealed at a stage when a patient’s dental and systemic health is compromised.
How Frequently Do You Need Dental X-rays?
General Dentists at Centennial Smiles Dental in Downtown Calgary encourage patients to talk to their dentist about the need for regular x-rays. If you have a history of recurrent decay and root canal therapy then it makes sense to remain proactive in maintaining exams and x-rays on a schedule that your dentist recommends. If you’ve managed to go several years without any new decay then extending the time between x-rays may be an option – but cannot be completely ignored as we’ve explained that dental x-rays aren’t just about decay – they can also save lives by showing abnormal growths that aren’t visible to the naked eye. And if you want to avoid a raging toothache due to an impacted wisdom tooth or fractured root – allowing your Calgary Dental team to capture x-rays will help them see dental issues that could end-up keeping you up at night.
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