Ryan Rush DDS PLLC

How often do I need dental x-rays?

There are several different types of dental x-rays, but the most common are bitewings that should be taken yearly. Bitewing x-rays show an image of both upper and lower teeth in one part of the mouth. Bitewings help us find decay and changes in bone that indicate gum disease. We also commonly use bitewings when preparing tooth restorations like crowns and bridges. 

What We Look for on Routine Dental X-Rays

  • Tooth decay, especially the areas between teeth
  • Cavities beneath existing fillings
  • Condition of dental fillings
  • Jawbone loss
  • Root canal infections
  • Position of teeth for implant placement
  • Cysts and tumors

Other Types of Dental X-Rays

At the dental office of Ryan Rush DDS, we use only low-dose digital radiographs (x-rays) for our patients’ safety. Here are some of the other types of x-rays we commonly use:

Periapical x-rays show the whole tooth from the crown to the point where it is attached to the jaw. These x-rays are commonly used as needed for restorative dentistry or when we need a single image of the entire tooth structure. 

Panoramic x-rays give us a single continuous image of your entire mouth, including all teeth in your upper and lower jaws. With panoramic x-rays, our dentist can view teeth that have emerged and teeth still in the gums, such as impacted wisdom teeth. 

Are You Due for Your Next Dental Exam?

We only take dental x-rays as needed, and when we do, our dentist will explain why and how it will benefit you. If you have other questions about dental x-rays or would like to schedule your next dental exam, please call our Fort Collins, CO dental office.

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