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Why Dental X-rays are an Important Part of Your Exam

Dentist showing patient dental x-rays

Dental X-rays seem to be a part of your visit to your dentist at Shine Dental but you may wonder why you need to have them. Dental X-rays are an important diagnostic tool that your dentist uses to help to detect damage and disease that may not necessarily be visible during your regular dental exam. 

How often X-rays are taken will depend on a lot of factors, including:

  • Your oral health at the time of your exam
  • Your age
  • Your risk for disease
  • Symptoms you may have of oral disease

Children are more likely to have X-rays because their teeth and jaws are still developing and their teeth may be more prone to decay than adults. 

Dental X-rays can provide your Shine Dental dentist with information about your teeth and gums so that they can plan the treatment that is best for any dental problem you may have. With dental X-rays, our dentists are able to identify some of the following dental conditions:

  • Cavities
  • Cysts or Tumors
  • Developing teeth
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding
  • Wisdom teeth

Modern technology has reduced the levels of radiation from a dental X-ray to a minimal amount so there is really no need to be concerned, especially now with the use of digital X-rays.

It’s very important for the dentists at Shine Dental to have a comprehensive baseline picture of your teeth to help identify changes that may occur in the future. One of the benefits of a dental X-ray is the ability to discover a dental problem before it has a chance to develop into a bigger problem. 

If you haven’t seen us for some time or had dental X-rays for a while, please contact us to schedule an appointment or you can call us at 516-226-9853. The dentists at Shine Dental Group will discuss your dental history and examine your teeth and listen to your concerns so you can make an informed decision about any treatment plan they advise. 

 

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