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Dental X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool when helping your dentist detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam.
How often X-rays should be taken depends on your present oral health, your age, your risk for disease, and any signs and symptoms of oral disease.
For example, children may require X-rays more often than adults because their teeth and jaws are still developing and their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults.
Your dentist will review your history, examine your mouth and then decide whether or not you need X-rays.

If you are a new patient, we may recommend X-rays to determine the present status of your oral health and have a baseline to help identify changes that may occur later.
A new set of X-rays may be needed to help detect any new cavities, determine the status of your gum health or evaluate the growth and development of your teeth.
Dental x-rays are used diagnostically to help dentists see issues that are otherwise nearly invisible to the naked eye. Using these x-rays, we can see:

Areas of decay – including those in between teeth or under a filling
Bone loss associated with gum disease
Abscesses – which are infections at the root of the tooth or between the tooth and gum
Tumors
Changes in the root canal

Without an x-ray, many of these problems could go undiagnosed. With an x-ray as a reference, dentists are also better equipped to prepare tooth implants, dentures, braces, and other similar treatments.

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