Providing quality dental care is much easier for the dentists at Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria VA when we have extensive, comprehensive information about the patients’ oral health.
A picture is worth a thousand words, right? They’re more useful than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth are worth more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough visual oral exam, most dentists want complete and up-to-date X-rays.
The frequency of X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more often.
X-rays also help us find cavities, assess gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.
Safety is an important issue that we consider when ordering X-rays, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. Many critical precautions are taken to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on our patients.
It is crucial that women inform their dentist if they are pregnant because special considerations should be taken.