Why Do I Need Dental X-Rays?

Jamie J. Alexander on June 7, 2019

When you visit Dr. Jamie J. Alexander at his Boynton Beach, Florida dental practice for the first time, his goal is to get to know you and your oral health at a high level. X-rays are an important part of that. Bringing x-ray images with you from your previous dentist can be helpful. If you had x-rays taken in the last six months and the images are comprehensive, they may be sufficient for your first appointment. Dr. Alexander does not recommend having x-rays unless they will be beneficial for the thorough oral health evaluation he will be performing.

Getting Dental X-Rays During a Comprehensive Dental Evaluation

“When a patient comes in for the first time, I review the patient’s medical and dental history, and based on this history recommend whether the patient should have x-rays now or sometime in the future,” says Dr. Alexander, who always explains why he is making a recommendation.

Once you are an established patient, x-rays will be limited to an annual set or to address a specific oral health problem that requires diagnosis aided by x-ray imaging. Dental x-rays are used to help find cavities, periodontal disease, abscesses, and abnormal growths. They aid in diagnosing the condition of the jaw joints and are essential for determining the exact position of tooth roots in the bone tissue.

“We have digital radiography, which uses low radiation and allows us to see in great detail,” says Dr. Alexander. “We follow the guidelines set by the American Dental Association and Food and Drug Administration for the safest frequency, type and number of x-rays, depending on the patient’s age, oral health risk factors, medical history, and the time passed since last x-rays were taken. The American Dental Association continuously reviews the latest scientific evidence, and there is a large body of evidence that low dose radiation associated with digital dental x-rays does not create a health risk in most circumstance. When you visit, we always review your medical history, and in some cases, such as pregnancy, I may recommend regularly scheduled x-rays to be suspended.”

Dr. Alexander helps his patients keep their teeth for a lifetime

Jamie J. Alexander, D.D.S., tailors all dental visits to the individual patient. If you are seeking this kind of personalized dental care, please give us a call today.