A visual oral examination can tell a dentist a lot about your smile. However, in order to fully evaluate your oral health, dental x-rays must also be taken. Dental radiographs help Dr. Robert Neighbors and Dr. Brian Herod assess the jawbone, teeth roots, and other hidden structures. At our Midlothian, VA practice, we recommend low dose radiation digital x-rays on a regular basis to properly monitor your oral health.
If it has been awhile since you’ve have dental x-rays, consider calling our office to schedule an appointment.
Benefits of Dental X-Rays
Doctors rely on dental x-rays to give insight into potential problem areas. Often, x-rays will show issues that are not visible with the human eye. For instance, the beginning of a cavity or other problem may start inside the tooth. A dental x-ray will indicate the area of concern before it gets worse. X-rays can also reveal abscesses, cysts, cancerous growths, and non-cancerous tumors long before they can be seen or felt.
Dental x-rays also reveal progressive bone loss, developmental abnormalities, poor tooth or tooth root positioning, and issues below the gum line. This is why dental x-rays are necessary before planning any type of treatment.
Choose Low Dose Radiation Digital X-Rays
Digital x-rays emit 90 percent less radiation compared to their conventional counterparts, making them a safe and effective choice for our patients. In addition, digital x-rays can be completed in just a few seconds. During the process, you will wear a lead apron to protect you from any harmful rays.
Discover the Advantages of Dental X-Rays
If it has been a few years since you’ve had dental x-rays taken, you will need them when you become a patient at our Midlothian, VA practice. Drs. Neighbors and Herod use dental x-rays to build a better understanding of your health. Over time, differences in your teeth, tissues, and jawbone will be easier to spot if we have a library of your x-rays. In most cases, radiographs will be recommended once a year. However, if you are prone to decay or gum disease, we may suggest more frequent x-rays.
Contact us now to set up your first dental exam at our warm, comfortable, modern facility by calling (804) 794-8745.