Dental X-rays offer a safe and comfortable way to maintain your overall oral health. They are an effective diagnostic tool that Dr. Novan Nguyen uses at Blossom Dental Wellness in Sacramento, California, to identify oral health issues that cannot be seen during a visual exam. A dental X-ray can help us diagnose and treat problems that may become more challenging and expensive to treat in the future.
What Are Dental X-Rays?
A dental X-ray can help us to see issues that would otherwise be missed in a visual examination. It helps identify underlying cavities, infections, impacted teeth, and issues with restorations that can go unnoticed. Dental X-rays use a minor amount of radiation to produce a high-quality, detailed image. There are many different types of dental X-rays, the most common being intraoral X-rays, which capture images of the entire oral cavity. They produce minimal radiation exposure and are entirely safe for the health of our patients.
Why Are Dental X-Rays Needed?
Dental X-rays are included as part of your regular dental checkups. During a routine preventative examination, these X-rays help us to detect and monitor any changes to your oral health. In emergencies, a dental X-ray will quickly guide us to the actual problem and enable us to provide prompt treatment. In addition, X-rays are typically taken before, during, and after specific procedures, like root canals and surgeries.
Who Should Have Dental X-Rays?
At some point in their lives, everyone will need dental X-rays. While some patients may need X-rays every six months, others with healthier mouths may not need it that often. Dr. Novan Nguyen may take X-rays to set the foundation for future care if you are a new patient.
Children are more likely to have X-rays taken to make sure their teeth are growing correctly, are not overcrowded, or have trouble erupting.
How Are Dental X-Rays Taken?
One of our trained staff members will have you comfortably seated in one of our examination rooms. We will then wrap a lead apron over your body to help deflect any radiation. A small device will then be placed in your mouth to help angle the actual machine to take the image. The image will be taken and then the device will be repositioned to focus on another area of the mouth. These steps will be done repeatedly until all of the needed X-ray images have been taken.
If you would like to come into our office for dental X-rays, call Blossom Dental Wellness in Sacramento, California, at 916-422-3991to schedule an appointment.