If you have ever visited the dentist, you may be familiar with radiography or X-ray services being performed during your dental visit. This safe practice can make an enormous difference in providing crucial information to your dentist that may cause you issues in the future. Here are a few key tips on radiography that will assist you the next time you visit the dentist.

  1. Why do X-rays help your dentist provide you with better oral care? When radiography is performed it can reveal gum disease, tooth decay and other abnormalities. In addition, it is a great way to check on bone and ligament structures that hold your teeth in place, ensuring complete oral health. Dr. Patterson carefully reviews every X-ray. If an issue needs to be addressed, he will discuss option treatments with you. This will enable you to make an educated decision together on the best approach needed to remedy the problem.
  2. How often do I need to have X-rays taken at the Dentist office? If you are a new patient, a complete set of radiography may be required so the dentist has a comprehensive view of your teeth, bone structure and any condition or decay that might be prevalent. If you have had dental X-rays taken prior to seeing your new dentist, you should ask your past dental provider to forward those records. It will assist your new dentist immensely in providing dental care.
  3. Are dental X-rays considered a safe procedure for patients? Compared to other daily exposure of radiation that many people experience, dental X-ray radiation effects are extremely minimal. You should always be provided a leaded apron to wear during the actual radiography part of your examination. Also, if you are pregnant, please inform your dentist.

After learning a few key tips on radiography and dental care, you can be certain that Dr. Patterson will provide safe and essential X-rays only when needed. If you have any further questions about radiography, or about your dental care needs, feel free to call Patterson Dental of Chandler, AZ today! (480) 280-6170.