Dental X-rays are the only way for dentists like Azita Kabiri, DDS, to monitor the condition and health of the insides of your teeth and the spaces between your teeth. At KB San Leandro Dental Studio in San Leandro, California, Dr. Kabiri offers thorough dental care, including X-rays on an as-needed basis to protect your dental health. If you are due for a dental checkup or haven’t had dental X-rays in more than two years, call or book an appointment online today.
Dental X-rays are a critical tool for preventive dental care. Only a small portion of your teeth is visible to the naked eye, so X-rays help Dr. Kabiri to carefully examine your teeth, inside and out.
For example, Dr. Kabiri uses X-rays to check the insides of your teeth for signs of decay, such as under an existing filling. She can also see if any decay is present between your teeth. X-rays are the best way to diagnose bone loss due to gum disease.
In addition to diagnosing dental conditions, Dr. Kabiri uses dental X-rays to plan the placement of dental implants, orthodontic treatments, and other dental procedures.
If you have good dental health, you should have standard bitewing dental X-rays every two to three years. More extensive X-rays are required every three to five years to monitor the health of the roots of your teeth and the surrounding bone.
Children have more frequent dental X-rays because of their rate of development. X-rays help dentists to determine if children’s teeth are emerging correctly and whether orthodontic treatment is necessary.
Dental X-rays are safe for patients of all ages and conditions. X-rays do require a small amount of radiation to create the images of your teeth and bones, but the amount of radiation needed is so small it puts you at almost no risk. Advances in dental technology have reduced the amount of radiation needed with every new iteration of a dental X-ray machine.
Dentists and their staff typically take 10-15 X-rays a day, and even though they step out of the room for the instant the image is taken, they are still exposed to radiation. Even so, dental professionals are not at any higher risk for cancer than any other profession.
If you are pregnant, you can still have X-rays. Dr. Kabiri covers you with a special apron and thyroid collar as a precaution.
If you are due for a dental checkup or haven’t had dental X-rays in more than two years, call or book an appointment online today.