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Schedule Dental X-Rays in Revere MA

Dental X-rays are fundamental in evaluating a patient’s dental health. They are recommended for patients of all ages. For kids and teens, dental X-rays provide the extra benefit of helping us track their oral health and the development of their teeth. They can help us ensure that teeth are emerging on schedule and note any potential issues between the baby teeth and adult teeth. X-rays are just as important for adults, they help us see between the teeth and under the gums and help us note any issues with dental decay, infection, or gum disease. Dentists recommend that you receive X-rays at least once per year at one of your two regular dental visits. If you need to schedule a check-up and exam for yourself or your family, please give our office a call for more information. 

Dental X-Rays For Children & Teens

Dental X Rays shown to a young teenager

Dental X-rays are especially necessary for children and teens. Using X-ray technology we can track the development of their teeth and address any problems with how their teeth are coming in. For teenagers, dental X-rays are often necessary for tracking the development of wisdom teeth and may be a factor in wisdom tooth extraction. Beyond tracking the timing of how teeth are coming in, dental X-rays give our dentists valuable information about tooth decay and other potential dental issues.

Schedule A Dental Checkup in Revere Massachusetts

Dental exams provide invaluable support for your oral health. Dental X-rays are often part of the exam (usually you get X-rays every other time you go to the dentist). A routine dental check-up has two distinct sections. First and foremost, our team will look for any issues or signs of damage so they can be addressed early. The earlier you catch an issue the better it is for your oral health. Problems get worse and worse the longer they remain untreated and can also spread. What starts as a small amount of decay in one tooth can eventually lead to infections and tooth loss. 

The other section of a routine dental visit is preventative care. You can brush twice a day, floss daily, and eat/drink the right foods and beverages, but nothing replaces the type of cleaning you would get in-office from a dental team. Fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and other procedures can help protect you teeth and gums long term. If you are interested in setting up a dental visit for yourself or your family members in Revere MA, please call our office. 

How Often Do I Need Dental X-Rays?

How often we take them depends on your general oral health, your age, your risk for disease, and any signs or symptoms we may see during your exam. Sometimes, children require X-rays more often than adults because their teeth and jaws are still developing. Kids can be at higher risks for tooth decay especially as they start managing their own oral care. On top of this, it is important to track the development of their teeth. Sometimes an adult tooth cannot come-in because it is not lined up correctly or another baby tooth is blocking it. A quick X-ray can help dentists decide if tooth extraction might be necessary to help all the adult teeth come in correctly. 

For adults dental X-rays are very important. If you are a new patient, we may recommend a dental X-ray to see how you’re doing now and to help identify changes that may occur later. If you haven’t seen a dentist in years, you will likely need an X-ray to make sure your teeth are healthy. 

a toothbrush next to teeth models that show cavity progression

Are Dental X-Rays Safe For Kids?

One common concern that some parents have is whether or not dental X-rays are safe for themselves or their children. X-rays are commonly used medically for looking at broken or fractured bones. The X-rays you would get at a hospital actually have much more powerful radiation than dental X-rays. The exposure levels of dental X-rays are considered safe for both children and adults. Additionally, patients are encouraged to wear a lead bib for further protection of their bodies during the X-ray process. Dental X-rays can help us identify problems that otherwise would not be seen. Finding and treating those problems early can save you time, money, and unnecessary discomfort later on.

wisdom teeth x-ray

What Is Intraoral Scanning?

Intraoral scanning is much different from dental X-rays. While X-Rays show us what is between teeth and under the gums, intraoral scanning is a device that can create a 3D model of your teeth and gums which can help for planning dental bridges, dental crowns, or other dental implements. Other dentists will use molds to get a 3D model of your teeth which can be uncomfortable and take longer than using an intraoral scanner. With this scanning tool, the process is much quicker and much less uncomfortable. 

Schedule A Routine Dental Visit in Revere MA

Our team provide a variety of dental services for patients of all ages. Whether you are looking for a quick check-up just to help protect your teeth and gums, or you have a specific concern, we can help. We provide a variety of preventative, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments. This means we can help you and your kids stay safe from gum disease and dental decay, as well as provide treatments that help mitigate any existing issues and prevent them from worsening. 

At regular dental visits you and your kids can receive professional cleanings, X-rays, and treatments like fluoride or dental sealants that can help protect your teeth from future decay. If there are issues with decay we might recommend a dental filling or a root canal as needed. Like with any health issue, the early we catch it, the better.

Whether you are looking for a fun family dentist your kids will love, or you need to schedule a quick visit for that toothache that has been bothering you, please give us a call. 

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