It’s not extremely pleasant. You have to put on the heavy apron, hold a rigid piece of film in your mouth and sit really, really still while your dentist’s assistant takes x-rays. Is it really required? Absolutely! No question about it. Your dentist can’t see everything that is going on with your teeth, bone, and surrounding tissue without x-rays.
What Hidden Problems Do Dental X-rays Detect?
- Cavities underneath existing bridgework, crowns, or other restorations
- Abscesses, cysts, and infections
- Cavities between teeth just below where adjacent teeth touch (interproximal cavities)
- The position of wisdom teeth
How Often Should X-rays Be Taken?
This depends on the dental patient. A patient with no history of tooth decay, no present tooth decay, no braces, and no existing crowns, veneers, or bridgework is at low risk for cavities. A high-risk patient is in the opposite situation and may have one or more of the following: a history of tooth decay, existing restorations, braces, weak enamel, chipped or cracked teeth. In addition, patients with an eating disorder or other medical condition may be considered high risk. People who haven’t had their wisdom teeth taken out also need x-rays more frequently. If you believe yourself to be in this situation, schedule an appointment with us for advanced dentistry in Reno.
Interested in Advanced Dentistry in Reno?
Whether you are one of the people who goes willingly for your check-up or someone who is hesitant about getting dental work done, The Reno Dentist has opened its doors to all patients since 2011. Our team is able to create a safe and comfortable environment for our patients so they never have to feel anxious during their appointment. The cost of dentistry doesn’t have to be an unobtainable. A suitable consultation can bring you up to date about possible procedures and shed light on the pros and cons of advanced dentistry in Reno. We’ll get you in a comfortable seat because we believe that comfort is the key to a happy patient. And of course, we offer Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and gum disease treatment. Interested in an outstanding experience? We encourage thrill seekers and cautious patients alike to visit us at our office.