Dental X-rays Again?

Full Mouth Dental X-raysWhy Do I Need X-rays Again?

Whether you are visiting our office for the first time or you’re a returning patient, we may notify you that it’s time to update your X-rays. You probably won’t need new X-rays every visit; however, if significant changes have occurred or you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort, new dental X-rays help us diagnose issues and pinpoint the problems.

Are my old X-rays good enough?

They might be, but it all depends on why we need the X-rays and exactly how long it’s been since the last set. We must have the most up-to-date information regarding your health, so we may need to verify that more extensive problems are not present before proceeding with treatment.

If it’s your first time visiting our office and you have a current set of X-rays from a previous dental office, we’ll be more than happy to utilize those images. However, please be aware that other practices will not send the X-rays without your permission. (Since they are your private medical records.) Therefore, it is up to you to contact your old dentist and transfer the X-rays to our office.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Dental X-rays are extremely safe. In fact, compared with other varieties used in medicine, they require much less radiation. That’s because teeth are so close to the surface that we only need minimal intensity to see inside. We also, of course, use lead vests to reduce radiation exposure, and we promise not to take more than is necessary.

Rest assured that your health and well-being are always our number one priority!

About Tom Massarat, DDS, MS

Tom Massarat DDS, MS is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. Dr. Massarat received his Certificate in Endodontics from Northwestern University in 1992. He also received his Dental Degree and Advanced General Dentistry Degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. Dr. Massarat is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Endodontists (AAE), San Diego County Dental Society (SDCDS) and American Board of Endodontists (ABE). He is also an advisor for the Experdent and Summit Study Groups. He has lectured extensively on many aspect of endodontics.


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