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As dental professionals, we want to provide the best possible dental care to our patient, because a visual examination does not tell us everything we need to know. Thanks to dental x-rays, dentist can diagnose and treat dental problems early before they become serious.
X-rays are also called radiographs, they allow dentist to see between and inside the teeth. X-rays also allow the dentist to view the tip of your roots and the bone underneath your gums.
X-rays are taken at different times for different reasons. As a new patient to our office we will begin by taking a FMX ( full mouth series ) or a panoramic image. Most insurance companies allow us to take these type of x-rays once every 3 to 5 years. Bite wing x-rays, which is a series of 4 x-rays are taken once a year.
At Turnage Family Dentistry we use the process of digital x-rays, which reduces radiation exposure and allows us to have the image immediately. We provide the added protection of a lead apron to cover the abdominal area and a leaded collar to protect the thyroid.
Dental Exams and X-Rays