How often do I need to take x-rays?

Regular x-rays are an important part of preventative care and allow us to catch problems early while they are still small and require less invasive treatment to correct. They are a fundamental cornerstone of our commitment to providing the most conservative dentistry possible. 

A full mouth series is a set of x-rays that includes bitewing and periapical x-rays of all the teeth. A full mouth series is required for all new patients, and should be repeated every 3-5 years. 

We refer to bitewings as cavity-detecting x-rays, but they also allow us to evaluate the bone level surrounding the teeth, which is an important indicator of gum health. 

Periapical x-rays show the entire tooth, from biting surface to root tip. They are used to evaluate for infection and cysts. 

A regular check up set of x-rays includes bitewings of the back teeth and periapicals of the front teeth. It is recommended to have check up x-rays at least every year. If you are at high risk for cavities, it is recommended to have them more often, every six months.


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