Even though you may brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly, use mouthwash to get into those hard-to-reach spaces, and visit your dentist twice or more a year for regular cleanings and exams, your teeth can still be affected in ways that the human eye cannot see. For this reason, Dr. Zadeh, Beverly Hills Dentist, performs dental X-Rays for all of his new patients and regularly for his existing patients. Dental X-Rays allow Dr. Zadeh to study the bones beneath your gums and find any problems in your teeth not visible to the naked eye. He also tracks the recovery process from procedures such as gum surgery, dental implants, wisdom teeth removal. This is important, especially for conditions where you may not experience symptoms until the condition has evolved into something serious.
Digital X-Rays and Radiation
Many people shy away from receiving X-Rays due to fear of radiation. However, the benefits far outweigh the consequences. Radiation from dental X-Rays is not very strong. In fact, you are exposed to more radiation during a six hour plane flight, spending a day at the beach, or just living, than you are with modern digital X-Ray technology. That said, there are precautions taken every time you get a set of X-Rays from the dentist. We wil l always cover your chest and stomach with a lead apron to prevent any of your internal organs from receiving any unnecessary radiation.
Treating a dental condition without first taking and assessing an X-Ray is considered medical negligence. Therefore, dental X-Rays are required if you need any sort of treatment. You would not think twice about letting a doctor X-Ray a broken leg, so why would you think twice about letting your dentist X-Ray your teeth?
What Happens During A Dental X-Ray?
During your first visit, we will take a full scan, which is generally between 18-24 X-Rays. Fortunately, follow up X-Rays on your annual visits up to the third year will be reduced to 6-8. This is so we can track your health and follow up on any suspicious areas that may turn into a long-term condition or follow the progress of your recovery after dental surgery. We also offer i-CAT 3D imaging, so that we can get a full three dimensional image of your jaw and teeth, which makes issues easier to diagnose potential issues and treatment plans easier to formulate. Finally, though Dr. Zadeh’s office owns the rights to any X-Ray it performs, all patients are entitled to a copy of their own X-Rays. This allows you to get a second opinion for any procedures that are suggested to you, without the added expense and radiation exposure of having to receive additional X-Rays from another doctor or dentist. Dr. Zadeh and his staff will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have about Dental X-rays with you.
Please call (310) 273-2020 or email our appointment coordinator to schedule an appointment for an X-Ray Exam today.