Generally, if you are a new patient, the dentist will take x-rays of your mouth to examine the unseen portion of your mouth and learn of any problems you have. That initial set of x-rays, or radiographs, also will serve as a baseline for any future treatment.
The schedule for future x-rays will depend on your general health, your age and your dental condition. For instance, if you suffer from gum disease or tend to be prone to cavities, x-rays may be necessary more frequently to check on those conditions’ progression. Bone loss and cavities between teeth will be visible on an x-ray, but not to the naked eye. Regarding age, children may need more frequent x-ray examinations because their teeth and jaws are in a state of continuing development.
In terms of additional lifetime risk from radiation exposure, dental x-ray examinations, especially digital x-rays, are considered by experts to have negligible impact. Your dentist can give you a thorough explanation of the value of radiograph examinations and how they may be appropriate to your particular case.
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