Dental X-rays help your Atlanta dentist to see details about your teeth and the surrounding gums and bones that they could not through a simple oral exam.

This helps them to be able to detect diseases and find and treat dental problems early in their development. Early detection through the use of X-rays can help to save you money, unnecessary discomfort, your teeth and even (in very severe cases) your life.

What Problems Can They Detect?

Dental X-rays are used to:

·  Watch for and find decay that isn’t visible with an oral exam

·  Identify decay underneath existing fillings

·  Check for space and developmental issues in children

·  Reveal bone loss from gum disease

·  Find changes that can indicate infection

·  Discover abnormalities including abcesses, cysts and tumors

·  Assist in preparing veneers, dental implants, orthodontics and dentures

How Often Should I Be X-rayed?

Your medical and dental history will be the main determining factors in how often your mouth should be X-rayed.

Typically, new patients will have a full series of X-rays taken on their first visit to our Atlanta cosmetic dentistry offices. If we notice a high risk of decay, we will take X-rays once every six to 18 months, depending on your age.

Without a high risk for decay, we will typically wait two to three years for adults and one to two years for children. We will also use X-rays to check for the development of wisdom teeth in adolescents and look at the effects of gum disease on patients of all ages.

Are They Safe?

X-rays rely on low amounts of radiation to create images. Any source of radiation can damage the body’s cells and can potentially lead to cancer. However, the dose of radiation you receive from dental X-rays is very small and we take a number of precautions to ensure that your risks are minimized.