Beverly Hills, California, dentist explains the benefits of dental x-rays for diagnostics and planning

Dental x-rays, or dental radiography, can help a dentist dramatically. These images are essential to preventive, diagnostics, and planning of dental issues. Dentists and dental hygienists use the information found in radiographs to detect dental abnormalities that cannot be seen with the eye and hide underneath the gums. This imaging is also used to develop a treatment plan for a patient or determine the best place to put a dental implant for restoring the smile. It can also be used for those considering bone grafting.

What are dental x-rays used for?

In addition to a physical evaluation of the oral cavity during routine appointments, dental x-rays can take diagnostics one step further. They are used to reveal:

  • Bone loss
  • Cysts/abscesses
  • Tooth decay
  • Tumors
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Problems inside of a tooth
  • Problems underneath the gum line·        

With dental x-rays, many conditions are spotted at an early stage, which can dramatically improve a patient’s outcome. Early detection of many conditions can save patients time, money, and even teeth.

Are dental x-rays safe?

Many patients are worried about the radiation that comes from dental x-rays and ask our team if dental x-rays are safe. Patients need to understand that natural radiation occurs every day in our environment, and radiation exposure during a set of full dental x-rays is comparable to a patient’s daily exposure during their everyday lives. Dental x-rays produce such a low level of radiation that they are considered safe. Even so, our dental team takes proper precautions to reduce exposure by using lead apron shields and using faster film imaging.

How often do I need dental x-rays?

Your dentist and dental hygienist will make a recommendation regarding x-rays during your appointment. New patients may have dental x-rays done during their first appointment, but not at consecutive visits unless there is a specific problem. Patients coming into the office for toothaches or other complaints may have these images done to look for the root of the problem, which may be beneath the gums or inside of a tooth.

Schedule an appointment today to have a full evaluation performed with dental x-rays

Contact Beverly Hills Advanced Specialties of Dentistry in Beverly Hills, CA, today at (310) 861-3955. Our dentists, including Drs. Frank Vidjak and Fanny Yacaman are committed to helping in early diagnosis of dental problems with dental imaging solutions such as dental x-rays.