When is a Dental X-Ray Needed?

Routine Dental Care Austin, TX

Dental X-rays are done very routinely for most people that go in to visit their dentist. They are an important part of visiting the dentist! Dental X-rays allow for a dentist to see parts of the mouth and teeth that might not be visible by just looking directly into the mouth. Having dental X-rays taken provides many benefits for a dentist, oral surgeon, and even orthodontists.

Knowing when a dental X-ray is needed can help a person who might be thinking that they need one. There are many different times and reasons why dental X-rays are necessary - today, we will discuss these.

When is a dental X-ray needed?

General checkups

General dental checkups often require that a person have dental X-rays done too. If a person visits their dentist often then having an X-ray at a general checkup may not be necessary. However, if a person only visits their dentist twice a year then it may be routine for the dentist to request X-rays be done. This will allow the dentist to get a better idea of how the teeth are doing because it offers a different view from that of just looking into the mouth.

Braces or aligners

If a person has or needs braces or aligners then a dentist or orthodontist will almost always require that dental X-rays be done regularly. Braces and aligners both aim to straighten out a person's teeth and it's often hard for the dentist or orthodontist to see every angle of the teeth.

If a person is being fitted for braces or aligners then having dental X-rays done will help decide how long they might be needed for, how they will fit, and whether or not they are needed on both the top and bottom teeth.

If a person already has braces or aligners then a dentist or orthodontist will regularly want X-rays done to monitor the status of the teeth. Because aligners and braces are working to straighten the teeth, getting regular images of the teeth will be necessary in order to ensure that progress is being made. X-rays will help the dentist or orthodontist determine whether or not the braces or aligners are working.

Root canals

If a person needs a root canal, then a dentist will almost always require that an X-ray is done in order for them to see the intricate parts of the tooth and surrounding areas. An X-ray will provide the dentist with a better look at the tooth from all angles.

Dental X-rays are extremely beneficial to the dental professional because it allows for a different look at the teeth and mouth as a whole. They can help a dentist figure out the best treatment method for a patient or simply just help them monitor how the teeth are doing.

If you have questions about dental X-rays and when they are necessary, then give us a call today. Our office staff can help you in any way that we can by talking through dental X-rays!

Request an appointment here: https://austinprimarydental.com or call Austin Primary Dental at (512) 808-5651 for an appointment in our Austin office.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Dental X-rays.

Recent Posts

Pros And Cons Of Laser Dentistry

Thinking about choosing laser dentistry? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved laser dentistry as a treatment option for several dental conditions. Common conditions include treating gum disease, root canal infections and removing canker sores.Understanding what laser dentistry can treat is the first thing someone needs to do when considering this dental treatment option.…

How Laser Dentistry Can Be Used To Remove Oral Lesions

Thinking about choosing laser dentistry to remove one or more of your oral lesions? Soft-tissue lasers are often used to remove lesions because they offer precise dental treatment. This means that those who choose dental lasers to undergo lesion removal will often experience less pain and less scarring, both of which are important to consider…

Laser Dentistry Treatments For Gum Health

Many people are choosing laser dentistry options to correct gum conditions. Crooked, misshapen, and discolored teeth can ruin a smile. But gum problems can also make you feel self-conscious and want to avoid opening your mouth. Some gum issues can affect your oral health and overall wellness too. Instead of going to the periodontist's office…

How Laser Dentistry Can Treat Gum Disease

Learning what laser dentistry is and how it works is something every dental patient should do, as this allows them to make treatment choices that are right for them. Modern-day dentistry has allowed for the evolution of so many kinds of dental advancements, including laser dentistry, which has been proven to produce successful results for…

 

Recent Posts

Popular Dental Veneers Materials

Popular Dental Veneers Materials

Choosing veneers is a great idea for those who are in need of cosmetic dentistry in order to improve the look of their teeth. Veneers are custom-made for every patient and can change the size, shape and even length of a tooth. They can also cover up chips and stains and minimize any gaps between…

Advantages To Getting Implant Supported Dentures

4 Advantages To Getting Implant Supported Dentures

Looking into your denture choices? implant supported dentures are a popular choice due to the many advantages that they offer. Those who choose this denture option need to first have a certain number of dental implants placed in their jawbone, making this a multi-month procedure.Considering getting implant supported dentures but want to learn more about…

6700 West Gate Blvd #103 Austin, TX 78745 | (512) 808-5651