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A blog considering the importance of taking x-rays.
By Naomi Todd
X-rays are important in dentistry as they are used by dentists to help them identify problems with the teeth, mouth, gums and jaw.
There are different types of x-rays that your dentist can perform and x-rays which are routinely performed are as follows:
Dental x-rays are required for some of the following reasons:
If you are a new patient, the dentist will normally take x-rays at the initial visit to be able to assess your mouth and determine whether any treatment is necessary. After this, it is considered good practice to have x-rays taken every 1-2 years.
However, this may vary depending on the dental history of a patient, such as whether they have poor oral hygiene and whether they continue to get new cavities. It will also depend on the age and current condition of the patient’s mouth. Therefore, it may be the case that x-rays are required more frequently and your dentist should assess this based on individual circumstances.
X-rays clearly play an important role in dentistry and we in the Dental Negligence Team, have seen the consequences when a dentist has failed to take any or regular x-rays. We have successfully settled cases, where a dentist has failed to diagnose periodontal disease, decay and many other dental issues. If you have any concerns about your dental treatment, we recommend that you seek the advice of a dental practitioner. If you wish to discuss a potential claim, then please feel free to contact the team.