One reason why dentists encourage patients to visit the dentist every six months or more is to ensure patients are taking good care of their teeth. At the same time, it is a great opportunity for the dentist to obtain dental x-rays. Dental x-rays continue to be one of the most vital examination and diagnostic tools for dentists. X-rays allow dentists to examine the smile beyond what is visible.
With dental x-rays, a dentist can diagnose issues such as:
- The formation of cavities (tooth decay)
- Developing periodontitis
- Oral infections
- Oral tumors/cancer
- Impacted teeth
With x-rays, dentists can provide early detection of a variety of conditions, which also lessens the severity of some issues and helps address them before they become more problematic.
What about radiation?
Many patients are concerned about their exposure to radiation with dental x-rays. Radiation exposure from dental x-rays is minimal thanks to continued advances in modern technology, to the point where radiation levels are at miniscule amounts. Our team also avoids taking x-rays unless needed to monitor for certain conditions. Not everyone will have dental x-rays completed at each dental appointment. This will vary depending on the patient’s age, pattern of dental problems, risks for dental concerns, and their overall health and wellness. Our team also ensures patients have as little exposure to radiation as possible.
Why have a physical evaluation?
On the flip side, many other conditions can be caught just by looking at the patient’s smile. Periodontal disease may present itself as red and swollen gums, including the formation of pockets between the gums and teeth. Cavities that are near the surface can also be spotted by a trained professional, and treatment can be discussed. X-rays help visualize what is going on underneath the gum line and provide additional information for the dental team.
Schedule your evaluation with the team at Broadway Family Dentistry today
Minot, ND area patients who are interested in taking a proactive approach to their dental health and wellness are encouraged to visit our practice to learn more about the importance of dental x-rays and routine examinations with Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen. Call (701) 839-1299 today to book an appointment at 1839 South Broadway Street.