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Dental X-Rays: How Often Should You Have X-rays

Dentistry uses dental x-rays for a variety of reasons.

Your first visit to a new dentist will often include x-rays, this gives the new dentist a good overview of your teeth and the jaw bones.

What are dental x-rays

Dental x-rays Toronto are the same type of x-rays (electromagnetic imaging) used in hospitals to see broken bones and other things.

The only difference with dental imaging is how they are taken.

The imaging machine is set so it can spin around to both sides and get pictures of the bones and teeth.

How often should x-rays be taken

How often you should have imaging depends on age and the health of your teeth.

An adult with healthy teeth should have a dental imaging every 24 or 36 months.

Teens need imaging every 18 to 36 months.

Children need imaging done every 12 or 24 months.

Should there be cavities, wisdom teeth, or other issues; then the imaging schedule would be more frequent.

What are the x-rays used for

Dental images are used to spot cavities, bone loss, and wisdom teeth.

With imaging, a dentist can see possible issues say with wisdom teeth and the way they are pointing when they try to come in.

It also allows the dentist to find and fix cavities before they become so bad the tooth itself must be removed.

Is there anything that affects dental x-rays

Is there any reason that imaging cannot be used?
Yes, in some instances, imaging will not be able to be used, some of those are;
Metal braces, retainers, dentures, or bridges
• Piercings of; ear, tongue, lip, cheek, or nose.
• Unable to stand still or have a high gag reflex that doesn’t allow bite on           the plastic.

It is easy to get dental x-rays Toronto, just speak to your dentist.


Lawrence Avenue Dental February 27, 2018