We get it: having x-rays taken of your mouth can be a time consuming process. And, in the event that you are using the bitewings for your x-ray, it can even be slightly uncomfortable, even if only for a brief moment in time.
As a result, our patients often ask how long they can delay having new x-rays taken. If this is something that has crossed your mind, the answer is that it depends on a number of factors. While this may seem frustrating to you, read on, and we’ll help you understand more.
X-Ray Frequency Depends on Your Dental Health
We use x-rays to check for tooth decay that is not visible to the naked eye. In addition, we can see issues that you may be having below the surface of the gum line. We can even use these tools to help identify problems with your soft tissue, such as periodontal problems.
If you are in good health and your mouth reflects that, you probably won’t need to get new x-rays for two or even three years. On the other hand, if you have already shown some risk factors such as tooth decay or gum disease, you may need to have them taken more frequently. In some cases, it may be necessary to take them as frequently as every six months.
Age Also Matters
In addition, if you are a pre-teen or a teenager, it may be necessary for us to take x-rays more frequently. We need to be able to monitor your developing teeth, and sometimes the only to do that is to use an x-ray to peek below the surface.
All in all, the answer to the question of how frequently you need to have your x-rays taken is one that really does vary from person to person. Feel free to ask us during your next visit, and we’ll be happy to talk with you about it.