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Reasons You Might Need Dental X-Rays

June 20, 2022
Posted By: Blue Bird Dentistry
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Dental x-rays in Fredericksburg, VA, allow Dr. Mohamed Elnahass, DDS to diagnose oral health conditions and plan treatment. Without dental x-rays, hidden problems would be impossible to identify early. And early detection typically means shorter treatment times, fewer hours in the dental chair, and less cost to you.

Often patients ask us, “How often do I need dental x-rays?” That depends. If you present periodically with an issue that can’t be easily diagnosed or if you are planning a specific treatment like dental implants, you’ll need x-rays more often than someone who is simply coming in for their preventive dental appointment every six months.

Why You Might Need Digital Dental X-Rays

#1 You Are a New Patient

If you’re new with no films on file, we typically take x-rays to familiarize the dentist with your oral anatomy. We also use x-rays to compare changes since your last visit, making x-rays a vital step when you’re new to our dental office.

#2 Suspected Oral Health Issues

Sometimes, you have pain with no apparent cause found during your exam. An x-ray lets your dentist see beneath the surface and diagnose the problem. If you’re wondering, “Do dental x-rays show infection?” They do!

#3 Treatment Planning

Treatment planning—or image-guided treatment—is more precise and provides a more predictable outcome for you. For this reason, we use x-rays and digital film to guide invasive treatments, including dental implant placement.

How Safe Are Dental X-Rays?

Digital x-rays significantly lower your radiation exposure compared with traditional x-rays, sometimes by as much as 90 percent. Digital x-rays are also better for the environment and easier to store because safekeeping is electronic.

Contact Your Fredericksburg Dentist for More Information

If you’re looking to establish a new dentist near Fredericksburg, VA or haven’t been in for your dental exam and teeth cleaning in a while, we encourage you to contact Blue Bird Dentistry to arrange a visit.

And always reach out if you have any questions.

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