Why do I need to have x-rays taken?
Here in Arizona, it is required by law that we take your bitewing x-rays once per year. Your full-mouth series, which is made up of 18 pictures, and/or panoramic x-ray will need to be taken at Singh Smile Care about every three to five years. This is required by every dentist who practices in the state of Arizona.
X-rays are an essential part of dental treatment because we have to know what is happening inside your teeth. With the help of x-rays, we can detect and treat problems like decay long before it damages the tooth and causes you discomfort.
Some people have concerns about the safety of x-rays, but we can assure you that modern dental x-rays have been found to be very safe. In reality, we are always being exposed to small amounts of radiation from a number of sources on a daily basis.
Dental X-Rays and Safety
Dental x-rays emit only a small dose of radiation that is focused specifically on a certain tooth or area of your mouth. In addition, we provide every patient with a full, lead-lined apron to further reduce the risk of exposure.
We don’t want you to feel any hesitation about having regular x-rays taken since they are an important part of your oral health care. Please do not hesitate to contact our Phoenix dental office if you have questions or concerns.