Why do you take so many x-rays?

While it may seem like we take a lot of x-rays, we only take the necessary number to accurately diagnose and dental conditions you may be experiencing. Bitewings are useful for diagnosing decay. They show your tooth and its density. Drs. Smith and Domingue’s trained eyes scan over every one of your digital x-rays looking for any small sign of decay that may require treatment.

Vertical bitewings, or periapical x-rays allow us to see the root of your tooth. This is especially important when we look for infection or bone loss. Bone loss is something that can cause serious problems and knowing about it right away allows us to determine the source and take action.

Infection often lurks at the root of your tooth. In some cases, a root canal may be required to heal the infection. Root canals do not always trigger pain right away, but prompt treatment is necessary in order to save your tooth.

Advanced x-rays such as panoramic x-rays and 3D scans are less common and done only when necessary. Typically, panoramic x-rays are every three years or more often if your child is getting his or her wisdom teeth and we are watching them in order to recommend extraction.