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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Avoid Dental X-Rays

February 27, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Wade Kifer
Dental x-rays | Fayetteville AR Dentist

Avoiding dental x-rays might seem like a good way to save money or time, but as your trusted Fayetteville dentist, here are some reasons why you should have your regular x-rays on schedule.

Dental Conditions Do Not Always Have Symptoms

If your teeth feel fine and you don’t have any problems, keeping yourself that way is important. Skipping dental x-rays may mean that we miss small problems that are easier to treat and wind up causing big issues in the future.

Your nerve is protected by a layer of enamel, tooth dentin, and is housed in the small canals within the roots of teeth. For pain to occur, decay needs to reach the area near the nerve, and when it does, you might feel the zing of a toothache and need a root canal to save your tooth.

X-Rays Help Identify Bone Loss

Bone loss may destroy the very foundation of your teeth and cause teeth to become mobile and even fall out. Replacing missing teeth is typically more costly and complex than finding and addressing conditions like periodontal disease and infection in its early stages.

Digital X-Rays Are Low in Radiation

Perhaps one of the biggest changes in dentistry over the last couple of decades is the widespread use of digital x-rays. Not only do they instantly appear on the treatment room monitors for faster diagnosis, but they also emit up to 80 percent less radiation than old school x-rays.

Digital x-rays also produce high-resolution images that Dr. Kifer can zoom in and out, increase contrast, and adjust exposure for the most accurate view of your teeth and bone.

We only recommend x-rays necessary to diagnose conditions and protect your teeth and gums. We take bitewings for decay diagnosis and every three to five years we also take full mouth x-rays to make sure we don’t miss any problems that arise.

For a dentist in Fayetteville that takes a proactive approach to dentistry, contact Northwest Arkansas Family Dental to schedule an appointment. We welcome new patients and your questions!

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