How does a dentist use dental X-rays?

When you visit our office for the first time, our dental team at SK2 Dental may recommend completing a series of dental x-rays. Dental x-rays play a vital role in diagnosing and treating many dental issues that may arise for patients. Dr. Stanley Ngo and his team in Dallas, Texas, can educate you further on the advantages of having regular x-rays completed.

What is a dental X-ray?

A dental X-ray is a type of imaging that utilizes low doses of radiation to help diagnose and detect any problems that may not be visible through a physical evaluation. The imaging allows the dentist to see structures underneath the gum line unseen by the naked eye.

How do dental X-rays help dentists?

Dental X-rays are a crucial tool dentists use to detect and diagnose problems that may not be spotted during a routine dental exam. X-rays allow dentists to:

  • Identify cavities
  • Evaluate the health of developing teeth in children
  • Look for signs of periodontal disease
  • Assess for abnormalities in the jawbone
  • Assess the need for extractions or root canal therapy
  • Prepare for and plan orthodontic treatments

How often do I need dental X-rays completed?

The frequency of your dental X-rays will depend on several factors, including your age, medical history, and current oral health. Generally speaking, the American Dental Association recommends that patients have dental x-rays completed at least once every two years. However, you may require more frequent imaging if you are at an increased risk of developing cavities or other oral health issues. Patients with a history of gum disease, have existing tooth decay, or are undergoing orthodontic treatment generally need more frequent dental X-rays.

Connect with our team today to determine if it is time for more dental X-rays!

Dr. Stanley Ngo and his team in Dallas, Texas, can help determine the best interval between dental X-ray visits based on your needs. To learn more about the advantages of regular imaging and how it can be used in your dental treatment, call our office at (469) 331-5444. We are conveniently located at 9780 Walnut St Suite 188, and open to new patients.