Does each check-up require x-rays?
We take x-rays in the first visit to be able to diagnose properly. We advised x-rays to be taken every couple of years to detect any decays, bone level changes and to compare to your previous radiographs.
Each type of x-ray serves a purpose to ensure the health of our patients and to diagnose any oral conditions. While routine dental x-rays every few years are part of our preventive dentistry protocol, some situations warrant additional radiographs.
Emergency dental appointments – A dental emergency or a toothache will require additional x-rays to diagnose the condition.
Dental implants – Planning dental implant surgery requires precise planning and evaluation before embarking on surgical procedures. Individual x-rays along with a panoramic x-ray are part of the treatment planning process.
Crowns and bridges – Ruling out any underlying conditions before proceeding with restorative dentistry provide patients with superior results. We will use digital dental x-rays to rule out bone loss or instances of decay.
Wisdom teeth evaluation – Young adults are candidates for wisdom teeth (third molar) removal if their teeth become symptomatic. Panoramic x-rays show the position and presence of third molars.
At Swansea Family Dental, located in Swansea, we utilise digital dental x-rays, which emit 80 per cent less radiation than film radiographs. Digital x-rays produce high-resolution images for our dentists to use in diagnosis and treatment planning options.