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Why do dentists take so many dental x-rays?

As a dentist, I do agree that we take a lot of dental x rays in comparison to other health professionals as part of the ongoing care for our patients.  I see patients express many concerns ranging from safety, need and cost. This article will go into some of these concerns to help you make the right decision for you when the dentist is insisting on taking dental x rays at your next appointment.

What are the typical types of dental x rays taken? 

  • Bitewing dental x rays:

These are the most common dental x rays taken.  Bitewing x-rays are designed to look for decay (tooth rot) and signs of gum disease around the teeth. They are usually taken as a set of two,  left and right side, and typically taken every two years depending on the oral health risks of the person. Their purpose is to explore the areas where it’s difficult to visually examine in someone’s mouth.  This quick and simple diagnostic tool is often an essential step if we want to find small problems before they become expensive and painful dental emergencies.

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There it is.  A complex answer to what seems like a simple question from a patient eager to find ways to afford the dental care they want for a healthy happy smile. I hope this has helped in some way make you clear on what is right for you. If you’re looking for a great value with or without insurance, feel free to try out our platform, you can search based on whatever you like to ensure you’re in control.  You can even select the dentists who are in a preferred provider scheme for your health fund. Good luck!

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