Why We Need Dental X-Rays

DxraysCavities may not cause symptoms until they are so advanced you may lose the tooth or require expensive dental treatment. There are other conditions that may be going on behind the scenes of apparently healthy teeth, too. That is why we need dental x-rays. Dental x-rays allow the dentist to see between teeth, what’s going on at the root of your teeth, the inside of your teeth, and the supporting jaw bone. Getting regular dental x-rays can save you time as well as undue pain and expense.

How Often?

Upon your first visit to a new dentist he or she will most likely want to take a set of x-rays to make sure you aren’t having any problems that can’t be seen by the naked eye. How often a patient needs x-rays from that point on will vary. For instance, children usually need x-rays more often because their jaw bone is still growing and their wisdom teeth have yet to erupt. For children x-rays are used to monitor such things as:

  • Tooth decay
  • Space for incoming teeth
  • Problems with wisdom teeth

Other patients who may require more frequent x-rays include smokers, patients with periodontal disease, and patients with other oral health conditions such as xerostomia, or dry mouth.

Adults and X-Rays

In adults, x-rays are used to check for:

  • Tooth decay
  • Bone loss
  • Implant placement
  • Abscesses
  • Cysts or tumors
  • Other abnormalities

Are X-Rays Safe?

People are often worried about the radiation associated with x-rays, but the radiation levels are so minimal that it makes potential harmful effects due to the dental x-rays minimal as well.

About Your Reno Dentists

Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.