What are Dental X-rays?
A dental x-ray is an image that allows us to see below the surface of both your teeth and gums. These images give us a view of your entire dental and oral health. We can use these x-rays to find infections, abscesses, impacted teeth, bone loss and cavities. The x-ray process uses a minimal amount of radiation to produce a high-quality image.
Why would Dental X-rays be needed?
You may need a dental x-ray taken before surgery or before another type of procedure, like a root canal. We recommend having x-rays taken at each of your bi-annual checkup exams as well as a full set taken every few years. X-rays are necessary for us to see everything beyond and below your teeth and gums. Many dental and oral conditions cannot be seen with a typical examination alone.
When would Dental X-rays be necessary?
X-rays are necessary for a variety of different reasons. We will suggest having them taken before oral surgery, root canals and for most emergency appointments. The process to take x-rays is easy and quick. They are safely taken on most members of your family receiving dental care.
What happens during the procedure for Dental X-rays?
The procedure will begin with our assistant or hygienist draping a lead apron over your body. This will keep you protected while the x-rays are being taken. A small appliance is placed in the mouth. The x-ray machine is angled towards this device and the image is taken. The same process is repeated for other areas of the mouth until all x-rays have been carefully taken. Dr. Alfonso then uses these x-rays to create a treatment plan just for you and to find issues that could be an integral part of providing you the care that you need. Because of the small amount of radiation used, these x-rays are safe and can be taken regularly without ill effects.
If you would like to come into our office for new x-rays, call us today so that we can get you in for an appointment.