We get this question a lot from patients concerned about any health risks associated with having dental x-rays. While there are general guidelines for the frequency of dental x-rays, we create individualized treatment plans for each patient's unique needs.
Our Eugene, OR dentists take dental x-rays because a visual examination tells us a lot, but it doesn’t provide the complete picture. We can’t treat what we can’t see, and many conditions like gum disease and cavities develop under the gums or inside your teeth.
Using low-dose digital dental x-rays, we can quickly and accurately identify these issues and plan treatment accordingly.
So the answer is that we base the frequency of your routine bitewing x-rays on your current and past oral health needs. For an average patient, we take yearly bitewing x-rays. If you have a history of excellent oral health and no signs of cavities or gum disease, you may only require routine x-rays every 18 months to 2 years.
However, those who have an ongoing high risk for dental decay or gum disease may require radiographs more frequently than every 12 months until their risk is lowered.
Have Questions about Dental X-Rays? Call Us!
At PNW Dental, you never have to worry about unnecessary x-rays; we only recommend them as needed to diagnose a new issue, monitor an ongoing condition, or as a routine part of your preventive dental care.
If you have any questions about x-rays, please call us or let us know at your next visit to our Eugene, OR dental office.